Write about a character who’s pathologically camera shy.
Posted in Character on Oct 26, 2022
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“The Image of You” by Cecilia L. Maddison
I’ll admit it. As you're the second child, there are fewer pictures of you than there are of your brother. Back when parenthood was still a novelty we took pictures of every moment and marked every milestone. By the time you were born we were jaded second-time parents, and although we loved you every bit as much, your life has been less recorded. Many pictures we do have are of you both together; two beaming brothers in one frame.As I scroll back there are enough images to see how you changed year by year, and there...
“Picture Perfect” by Zack Powell
Content warning: Eating disorderMy friends used to believe I was an only child. Whenever I'd invite one over for the first time and we passed by the framed photos on the way to my bedroom—of me and my mother smiling on the sandy beaches of Maui, or the two of us standing beside the Grand Canyon, arms locked in a sweaty embrace—they always took the pictures at face value, and not once did I bother to correct them. As far as they knew, Holly Johnson didn't exist.Though, had she appeared in any of our family photos, perhaps the...
“Snap it all up, Detective. ” by Holly Guy
No no, you will not get a photo of me, Detective. But you can get a photo of my work. Snap. Snap. Snap. Get all the good angles, please. I spent a very long time ensuring that everything was right. The hanging body to the left of the warehouse, the bloody body to the right of the swimming pool… My work must be photographed beautifully. After all, I’d do ...
“Not Another Picture.” by Brian Rains
For many years her mother complained about not having any pictures, of her radiant face as she calls it, to hang on the front room walls. After Arabella turned fourteen she just down right refused to take any photos, or be put in family videos.Arabella had always ran from her father with a camcorder, when he came shooting for family memories. She would crouch and hide when someone called out for family group pictures.Arabella had a condition that made her stomach squirm when even the word photograph was...
“Light Is an Introvert” by Graham Kinross
“I, Light am an introvert. People think that because I shed myself on things without people having to ask that I’m outgoing. Wrong. I’m just dutiful. Whenever I can, I retreat into nothingness and let Darkness show off.” The woman in the black suit across the table from Shawn sighed. Her dark, almost black skin showed the glint of the whites of her eyes. “We have a deal for you,” said a man in a whi...
“The Hunt” by Cynthia Maria Grace
I find the man I love waiting for me in the living room. Dressed up for an evening out. The opportunity is too tempting to pass by. I approach him ever so gently not to alarm him into awareness. The floor betrays me with its unsought creek. He sees me and appears unsuspectingly pleased by my atypical on-time arrival. His head turns slightly, then stops abruptly. Rendered catatonic when he sees my hands. His nostrils flare and his breath quickens as he maps his escape. Eruption ensues with his 10 fingers...
“Kodachrome” by T.M. Kehoe
Every year, at yearbook time, Kevin missed school on picture day. Then somehow he missed the makeup photo day, too. In place of his portrait, there was a blank silhouette in the yearbook, with his name underneath. Our town is small, and the high school even smaller, so folks were laid back about his oddity. It became a kind of standing joke by his junior year. “Where’s Kevin” instead of “Where’s Waldo.” Afte...
“The Photographer” by Carmen Ella
The Photographer Little Mary's mother had laid the special dress out on her bed. It was a special dress for a special little girl on a special day. Little Mary was going to have her picture taken. The Photographer wasn't just any old random photographer. It was her dad. Little Mary's dad had just taken up photography as a hobby and wanted to practice his hobby by taking a picture o...
“The White Woman” by Frances Hogg Lochow
Antony hefted his equipment bags to his shoulder and watched the lights on the elevator panel tick upward. When the doors opened, he saw her at the end of the hall. She wore a long, black coat and held a shopping bag in one arm as she fitted the key into her lock. He was struck by two things—her abundance of platinum-white hair that fell past her slender hips, and the pure-white Afghan hound that waited patiently at her ...
“Skewed Perspective - How I Became Pathologically Camera Shy” by Susan Wilkins
Hello, I am Bernice, and I was pathologically camera shy for many years. Here is how that came to be. My father started taking pictures of me from birth. Back then cameras used flashbulbs. They were extremely bright and left you blind for some seconds at a time (which seemed a lot longer). As I grew to be a toddler I started hiding from my dad whenever he had his camera. I knew what came next, sudden brig...
“Captured ” by Sophia Nwachukwu
What I remember is the pain and the cold, I remember the cold because it was so odd it startled me, that painful numbing sensation you get when playing with snow bare handed crawled up my body until I was engulfed by it. For a heartbeat, I felt nothing. I was not a part of my body or this world, I existed in the ‘somewhere’, the intangible place beyond our universe that people reference when they...
“Talking to a statue” by Sally Atl
Do you remember how we took this photo? It was Halloween 2016 and we were already seventeen. But we still went Trick-or-Treating. We shamelessly took Oliver's toy bucket with us and filled it to the top with candy. We were young, almost children. And our friendship, so pure and innocent, reminded me of those watermelon ice creams, which we often bought at the roadside shop. They don't make it anymore but the taste is not forgotten. The streetlights burned dimly in the darkness, and the conversation of children could be heard far off at th...
“Get in the picture” by Jeanne DeFauw
Get in the picture, Mom! I will not. I don’t want to, and no one can make me. My dear friend Jules stands with her phone in front of our families, ready to take a photo. The two fathers are in the back, the three girls in front. There’s room for me next to my husband, Tom. His lanky body rises a foot above the others, and I know I’ll fit nicely under his arm. The...
“That Day” by Mario Owens II
That Day A giant shark named Hank once lived in a large big yellow ocean. Unlike most sharks that only eat every two to three days, Hank has to eat once a day to maintain his massive size. Hank comes from a family of large sharks by which they were known all over the Yellow Ocean as the family that originated from Mammot...
“Smile for the Camera” by Stephen Hockenbarger
Orville was staring into the crashing waves, trying desperately to remember his dreams from last night. It was no use. Like every night, he felt it passed all too quickly in a fevered blur and in his waking moments felt no more rested than he had when his head hit the pillow the night before. The monotonous sound of water on rocks quieted his thoughts and allowed him to focus on his dreams. “Excuse me?”, a man’s...
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