Find an old family photograph and look at it closely. Maybe you have memories about the person or people in the photograph or maybe you’ve only heard stories.
What do you notice? Look at the expressions, body language and setting. You might consider what is beyond the frame of the photograph. It is a fairly recent phenomenon that photography and the ability to capture a moment is accessible to the masses. These earlier photographs were often staged in a photographer’s studio or another formal setting.
If you don’t have any pictures easily accessible, you might look at these entertaining sites with collections of dapper folks:
Write non-stop for five to ten minutes and then go back and underline the key lines/ideas/images that emerge.
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