This week let’s focus on family dynamics, or at least a moment in a family’s day. Will the moment you choose be mundane or fraught with emotion? Quiet or chaotic? Here are three moments in three different families to get you started.
Julie Blackmon, Stolen Kiss, from Domestic Vacations series. Photograph. www.julieblackmon.com
William Eggleston, Black family by the sea, published in Los Alamos, 2002. Photograph. www.egglestontrust.com
Larry Sultan, Close Up, 1992, from Pictures from Home series. Photograph. www.larrysultan.com
Let’s suppose your character finds her or himself in an empty house. What happens next?
William Eggleston, Untitled, from 10.D.70.V2. Photograph. www.egglestontrust.com
Anna Ådén, Untitled from Plainness series. Photograph. www.imable.se
Michael Cappabianca, The Aztecs, from The Material. Photograph. www.michaelcappabianca.com
Having grown up on a sheep farm, Wren and I have a fairly good understanding of the animal. By turns aloof, curious, alert and oblivious, sheep can be really dumb as a herd, but every once in a while a surprisingly smart ewe will separate herself from the rest and impress you.
This week we’re taking writing cues from the wooly bundles, with a surreal twist.
Jane Hammond, Cabrito, 2007. Photograph. www.janehammondartist.com
Michael McWilliams, In the Green Room. Acrylic. www.michaelmcwilliams.squarespace.com
Jasper Oostland, Schaap (Sheep), 2004. Acrylic on paper. www.jasperoostland.com
This week I’ve been pondering flying babies. Oh fine, maybe not… maybe I just happened across one of the below photographs and I thought it would make a crackin’ good writing prompt. Either way: this week, let’s study these babes suspended in mid-air and come up with a story behind them. Go!
Julie Blackmon, Baby Toss, 2009. Photograph. www.julieblackmon.com
Stephen Marc, Chicago, Illinois, from the series “The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience“, 1988. Photograph. Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Rachel Hulin, Untitled, from Flying Henry series. Photograph. www.rachelhulin.com