Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry up and Wait.
d.006723: 12.31.2006, file size = 3MB, D70s, 1/320 seconds at f/9, 300mm, ISO 200.
The storm was over, but the waiting had just begun. It was not a nice way to spend New Year's Eve. My forward progress had been stopped the night before in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The New Mexico DOT had closed the highway west of Santa Rosa because the next town (Santa Rosa) had no more room for stranded motorist. This is just one of the three stops we made due to closed roads, caused by traffic unable to move up the hills.

This photograph tells at least part of a story. Every successful photograph will tell a story, or at one part of a whole story. You can judge the success of a story by how much you can set down and write about the photograph, or simply by how much information you can take away from you view of the photograph. And, if a writer does not know the true facts of a story he can surely fictionalize his own story from what the photograph tells him.

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