Not only is it important to observe with one’s eyes, but with all of one’s senses. These hands are saying such different things, the texture of each hand is different and the texture of what the hand is touching is different. They are both listening to music, neither looking directly at the musicians, one looking out at the world, judging, the other looking in at the world, dreaming.

The moment captured is critical. Writers create scenes that best advance the story and the reader’s understanding of the characters within it. But each scene has to have a beauty and reason separate from the practical advancement of plot.

Perhaps that is why I love taking photographs. It is another way of telling a story.

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