Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Every story tells a picture
"Boy & man," Tim Connor, All rights reserved
I didn't know this boy or the man out in the water, but when I went to title the shot I naturally wrote, "Boy & dad." It's remarkable how stories seize us. Now it's hard for me to imagine these two outside a father-son relationship. There's no actual evidence, just a hunch based on body language & memory.
In her comment on my Flickr page, my friend Christine astutely observed the boy's stance: "...the shoulders stiffened with resolve and perhaps pride, but every muscle stopped from any forward motion..." , which convinced me anew. But does the picture really depict a son & his father or do we just want that to be true because it helps make sense of the world?
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