Even when I’m writing longhand, it’s rare that I do not have my photo gallery open, or have a few photographs in front of me.If I am trying to describe a place, I find pictures that I took of that place; if I am sketching a human subject, I look for images of her.“You know the style: ‘My mother is squinting in the fierce sunlight and holding, for some reason, a dead pheasant …
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“Did you make detailed notes that day, or do you simply remember all this? In fact, I had written the essay after studying photographs that I had taken of the man and his leeches.
When she praised a specific bit of description, I had to admit that it hadn’t come about spontaneously—it was only after looking carefully at the photographs and trying out various metaphors that I settled on the idea that the leeches were gathered around the middle of the bottle like a belt.
Photography has changed not only the way that I make notes but also the way that I write.
Like an endless series of prompts, the photographs are a record of half-formed ideas to which I hope to return. We will post a photo or illustration every Thursday.You can then write a piece in any genre using the picture featured in the post as your inspiration. If you’d like to submit your writing, go to ‘Click to Enter’ below the photo and enter the link to your piece.When I need the title of a novel someone recommended, I just scroll back to the day we were at the bookstore together.Looking through my photo stream, there is a caption about Thomas Jefferson smuggling seeds from Italy, which I want to research; a picture of a tree I want to identify, which I need to send to my father; the nutritional label from a seasoning that I want to re-create; and a man with a jungle of electrical cords in the coffee shop, whose picture I took because I wanted to write something about how our wireless lives are actually full of wires.“Point-and-Shoot Memories: The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour” documented Henkel’s findings after taking two groups of students through an art museum.The first group was instructed to observe works of art for thirty seconds, the other group observed the art for twenty seconds and then photographed it; the next day, both groups were surveyed about what they remembered.If you are under the age of 18, you must have the consent of a parent or guardian over 18 to enter the competitions.Creative Writing Ink reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our writing prompts page over the last few months.You can write a piece on any of the photos posted on this page.We reserve the right to remove any content that is likely to offend or distress others; is discriminatory, abusive, obscene or otherwise offensive; or breaks the law (breach of copyright, defamation).