1. Karen Gorley Reinhart

    A photograph captures an image of what the photographer sees at the nanosecond at which the picture is snapped. Upon close observation of the image, one may find things the photographer didn’t see at the instant he or she clicked the shutter. The play of light may expose images within the image. Or subtle shading may transform part of the subject into something seemingly different. And each person who views the photograph may encounter something apart from that which the photographer experienced.

    Written words can be similar to photographs. They convey the thoughts and emotions of the writer at the moment of their appearance on the page, but when a reader encounters the text, he or she may experience something quite different.

    Both writers and photographers release their work to the world thus allowing each person who encounters that work to interweave his or her life with that of the work’s creator, and something new emerges each time. The relationship between pictures and words is much more complex than the number 1,000.

    • Melodye Shore

      Wow, this is a generous and profound commentary, Karen. Thank you, thank you! I’ll be referring to it often.

    • Melodye Shore

      Yes, that’s it, isn’t it? It’s a crystal ball! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a glass paperweight like this?

    • Melodye Shore

      Ha! I don’t have that entrepreneurial spirit, at least not as it relates to my photography. Maybe some day, but for now, I’m just a student–a student who appreciates critiques & compliments, especially when they come from accomplished artists like you.

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