Photo Writing Prompt: Anticipating the Holidays – Family & Food

For today’s Unblocker (#20, by the way, assuming I’ve been counting properly) I’ve chosen a photo from a brand new photo-friend, Kerry McGovern.

I saw this photo on her Tumblr.com page and thought it held a number of possible inspirations. The food, the family-feel, the possible reference to the holidays. I don’t know about you, but spending time with family always makes me want to write… (And that’s not ALWAYS in a bad way…haha!)

A holiday meal? A funeral dinner? A typical Sunday? Thanks to Kerry McGovern for this lovely photo.

One of the things I like best about this photo is that there are little clues to point to any number of scenarios. It is the kind of photo that adapts to your mood and helps pull out your inner story.

There are so many little details: some of the food is still covered, some has obviously been eaten; the drink cup is nearly empty; the man at the table could be worried, sad, way too full; the man standing in the background, looking away from where the food is; the way the blue coffee cup on the far left mirrors the shirt of the man at the table and the blue tint of the other room; are the lights on the fireplace Christmas lights strung across or candles burning?; if candles, do they burn in celebration, or supplication?

You could even be a little silly and ask the obvious question, “Why so much bread?”

Thanks to Kerry for the use of this picture, and if you want to see more of her photography you can visit her Caritas Photography page on Tumblr.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out past photo-inspired writing prompts: Love Locket, Waffle House Fiction, I’ll Play the Blues For You, and Woodland Spin.

Hope you find this photo inspiring. Happy Writing!

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7 thoughts on “Photo Writing Prompt: Anticipating the Holidays – Family & Food

  1. Hey it’s my home!!!! Love your lovely photo Kerry! Beautiful job! Love color, mood, tonality, light and shadow! Gorgeous–house not that bad either–hehe! Kerry you are so talented-perhaps can give us all lessons at the next family night! Love you, Aunt Betsy

    • Well, Aunt Betsy, thanks for stopping by. Don’t tell us too much about the “reality” of this photo, yet…the fiction writers among us prefer to just invent realities for our characters to live it!!
      I thought this photo was really nice too, and for an outsider, it has a lot of subtle opening for inspiring storytelling.

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