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Street View Story (3 Stars)

February 15, 2013

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For this visual assignment, I did another “try random one” and came across the “Street View Story” assignment. Being an English major, I was more than excited to find an assignment that incorporates visual as well as textual elements. The photo is of Ponte Cavour, Rome, Lazio, Italy. Here is the little story I came up with for this picture:

The first time I lost her was because of the lights. I was seven and she was four, and we lived in Rome. First, we went to the river, even though we weren’t allowed. We loved the water. Lily liked to watch her reflection; she thought of it as a friend who she always wanted to meet, hiding down there below the surface. We decided to play hide-and-seek by the bridge. It was our favourite game. But Lily was too good at hiding. It was her turn to hide, and I failed to find her. I kept looking until it got dark, but I had to go home and tell my parents I had lost Lily. Mother wailed when I said it, but Father grabbed my arm, and we ran back to the fields to find her. We brought lanterns and searched for hours, hoping for a glimpse of her thick brown hair, her enormous blue eyes. We didn’t find her until she popped out of the water; that’s how good she was at hide-and-seek.

Hope you enjoyed my story!

February 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

This was really good. I never came across this assignment when I was flipping though them randomly, so I was very interested to see what it was all about. You did a great job of making your story and the picture fit in well together. It was like they were seamlessly one. Great job with this one. Is this a picture you took or did you find it online somewhere?

February 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

Beautifully done and integrated with the photo. And we do not even know if Lilly is a sibling? a pet? a duck? That bit of mystery works well here.

I like this also because your story wraps around the image, not just becomes a caption for it.

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