Dear Photograph,In 1981 I drove to New Smyma Beach, Florida to see the sunrise. Of course I was alone, I was always alone. Body issues, feeling self conscious and having such a hard time making friends always gave me plenty of time to day dream. That day was the point of inception for me as I wanted to see myself as the sun did when it rose. And so I brought a mirror so I could photograph myself. Thirty one years later this photo is proof that I was stronger than them all. Validated and accepted by the one friend who would always be there shining on me…the sun.Tony
Find a photograph that has some meaning for you and write, not to the people in the image, but to the photograph itself. What relationship do you have with that photograph, or with the moment that photograph captures? For those of you who try to avoid writing about personal experiences, how can you engage with the photograph and with what the photograph represents without falling into sentimentality? Try as best as you can to work with a physical image, as opposed to something that only exists digitally.