Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Blog it from a Photo

Stone Crossings by Tina

I've been meaning to share this wonderful picture from Tina. And since we're talking about how to get ideas for blogging, it seemed to be as good a time as any. Because, in the past, we've talked about how pictures contain stories.

I happen to know that this picture has some kind of story in it. Something about the way Tina and her family collect memories. (Yes, I'll invite her to stop by and tell the story or tell it on her own blog.) [UPDATE: here's the story, tucked into a review... thanks, Tina!]

In the meantime, what pictures could help you tell a story today? (Sweetcorn, I noticed you used photos to help you along. Brava!)

Tell me a story through a picture and I'll link to you. Take a photo of Stone Crossings AND tell me a story like Ann did, and I'll provide a permanent link as part of Links for Art.

Stories from pictures. Maybe that's how the best things we say tend to happen anyway.

Linda: Grapes of Wrath
Kim's Wedding Blessing
Laura's Beautiful
Bill's It's Not What You Know...

CPYU Bookshelf's Book Awards: Best Books Read in 2008
Tina's Stone Crossings

Stone Crossings photo by Tina. Used with permission.

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Blogger Linda Worden said...

I have a photo already in mind. It is what my family of origin (Dad, Mom, 1 brother, 3 sisters) call our "Grapes of Wrath" photo. Maybe I can enlist my siblings to each share their thoughts about the photo. It can be an addition to some writing I've started called "Legacy Letters". You've gotten my juices flowing! Thanks!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm always drawn to a word/photo combination. I try to use the mixed medium within my blog posts. That being said, my photos are far from excellent. I consider them punctuation, rather than meat. That being said (again), I've seen some photos that are a literal banqueting feast all on their own (Ansel Adams, James Archembault, and Rick Orr being some of my favorite nature photographers).

I look forwarding to perusing some of your highlighted bloggers.

peace to you in your week~elaine

4:31 PM  
Blogger Linda Worden said...

I'm ready for you to check my photo and initial thoughts. My afternoon has lingered and ambled down memory lane. Lovely for the most part.

5:30 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Linda... pun intended? I mean, are the juices grape? :)

Elaine... I think I mostly use photos the way you do. But when I consider what drives much of my best writing, it is at least images that pile up in my mind. Until I must find someplace to stack and share them. I think of Ann V in this regard. Her posts... do they not brim with the life she sees before her every day?

6:08 PM  
Blogger Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Hmmm, you've spurred some creativity on this one, Laura. Since I have the book, I may just have to do this! It looks like your creativity is flowing too. Thanks for passing it on!

7:32 PM  
OpenID spaghettipie said...

Well definitely post the story. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I always love to see which photos people choose of the ones I've taken for them!

11:41 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Goodness, gracious. I still can't get over all these links from my blog that keep coming on yours. Wish Blogger would remedy that, although your blog is certainly worthy of them all, and more. ha.

But yes, I remember taking a photo of your wonderful book. It's time for me to reread it again. But pics were always a big part of us growing up at home, and I've kind of carried on that tradition, which has become much more fun with a digital camera, of course. Maybe I'll get around to this though I do seem to be slow in picking up the camera- unless we're going to see Morgan (our granddaughter).

11:58 PM  
Blogger Billy Coffey said...

I really need to start doing this...

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Marcus Goodyear said...

This a good reminder to include pictures in posts.

As for them being worth 1000 words... sometimes it's easier to write 1000 words than it is to find a good picture!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hi LL!

I have a picture that happens to corroborate my story. It's here:


I happened to be carrying my camera when this happened and quickly snapped it off. Otherwise, I wonder if anyone would believe that it happened as I tell it. I don't usually put pics in my blog, but I think I'm going to start!

Blessings and Happy New Year, Kim

3:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hey! Congrats on the "Best Books Read in 2008" Book Award! Thanks also for that link to CPYU!! I am very familiar with both Mueller and Penner, but I wasn't aware of this site! Thanks!
Hope you're feeling better!
Guess I'm feeling a little !!!y :]

I def. agree with your point about Ann V's posts. I also am always impressed with the photos you use.. and their titles.. and how they connect with the "story".

12:07 AM  
Blogger Bill Cash said...

Funny how confirmations come. Just last night I was taking a stroll through the blogosphere and took notice of how picturesque many of the places I visited were. I thought to myself that I should spruce up my blog with some imagery.

Thanks for the gentle push in the right direction.


6:54 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Stonefox... that would be wonderful. Let me know if you do it.

Spaghetti... can't wait to hear your story. : )

Ted... it would be lovely to see more of your life in pictures.

Billy... I like what you do.

Marcus... just got to know where to look.

Kim... great birds, and leaves, and moment!

Kim 2... I like your exclamation points!!! :) And that's cool that you know about CPYU

Bill... a little color, a little photography... you'll be on your way. :)

7:51 PM  
OpenID spaghettipie said...

Post is up. :)

9:15 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I want to play! Haven't been taking to many pictures lately...except of Christmas trees. But here's a story inspired by some pictures my 11 year old son took a couple months ago:




6:50 PM  

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