Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday's Photolife--One of the Crowd

Here's me in the Hall of Mirrors.
Don't you love the funhouse quality of the mirrors?
Wednesday's answer and winner:  It was the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Who knew this would be way easier than kudzu? A lot of you guessed Versailles. The first to say the Hall of Mirrors was Natalie Whipple. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should.

Business: Intense Debate is finished with its update for blogger, so starting Monday I'm going to try that commenting system and you can see what you think.

On to the Photolife:

In a popular tourist destination like Versailles, you're always having to deal with the crowds. When taking pictures, sometimes it's good to embrace them. Hey, you stood in that line for hours. Why not show all those people?
Show them even in your individual shots. They're hard to avoid so why fight it? (I used to fight it really hard.) It's all part of the experience.
The garden was teeming with other tourists.

Don't let it stop you from recording your journey and capturing the day. Why avoid them?

It makes for a lonely picture.

Here's the gate for Versailles with all the people coming and going. Who cares that I didn't know any of them. It's all part of the experience.

Application to writing? When writing a scene in a crowded place, "show" the crowd and be sure to include how it impacts the characters. I love it when someone from an anonymous crowd becomes important later or is someone I recognize. In Sarah Dessen's books, she includes cameos of characters from former books. It's like a nod to those who've read previous novels.


lotusgirl said...

I learned a lot about a foreign commenting system with using Disqus. On this post I was never able to get in and comment. If was frozen for me. UGH! So Disqus is definitely out. The whole point was so that I could comment more easily. Hopefully Intense Debate will be better.

Candice said...

I love your where in the world posts. I'm sad I missed this one. Though I probably wouldn't have gotten it, but it's fun to guess!

ali said...

Hey, Lois, I can't see the comment tag on your two more recent posts. Am I just being completely blind? Or ... ???