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“Tell me, sweetpea, what was so important about a bicycle?”
“I wanted to be the first girl in Buonopane who had one.”
“So in your village girls did not get them?”
”Nooooo. Not a good idea. Only boys.”
“I see. Boys get bikes because they can handle them. Girl’s can’t.”
“That’s right. It was too dangerous on those steep hills and high cliffs. Plus it wasn’t proper. But I did what I wanted anyway. I made Gennaro let me ride his.”
“He didn’t object?”
“What choice did he have?”
“If your father had gotten you the bike, wouldn’t it have set all the tongues wagging?”
“Yes. But he was more concerned about my safety. Eventually I probably would have gone over the cliff.”
“Why were you so angry at him? He had a good reason, didn’t he?”
“Yes, but I was used to getting anything I wanted.”
“That was the first time he said no?”
“It must have felt like a betrayal.”
“After all these years you’re still paying him back.”
She nodded. “I’m not through with him yet,” she said.

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I wonder . . . do you set out with the story in search of the pictures; or do the stories come to you from the pictures?


Sometimes a photo elicits an idea for a story, sometimes it's the other way around. In this particular case I already had the story and needed an illustration or two. An enterprising lad by the name of Roberto (the boy running) agreed to my proposal to gather a few of his friends for a photo shoot last Sunday. He got 10 Euro for arranging it, and the others got 5 Euro each for modeling/acting at my direction.

Hello! I found you through my LJ friends Anoisblue, DaisyDumont, Verian and Thistimearound, and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your journal. The photo illustrations are excellent! Hope you don't mind me putting you on my friends list. Take care!

Welcome aboard! And thanks for your comments...

Composition/facial expressions

Working backward from your story to the photo shoot -- you really got what you paid for! I don't know what the lowest denomination of a euro is, I was inclined to call it a penny, then a lira, then a farthing, and finally, I just threw out the whole phrase for want of the current currency....

Your eye is excellent.

Re: Composition/facial expressions


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