Friday, December 19, 2008

January POW Photos

Here are the photographs for our January Portrait of Words writing challenge. If you would like to see the guidelines for posting a story, please click here. The simplified version is as follows: Check out the pictures, interpret them and then write a story based on what you see and/or feel.

A very special thank you goes out to this month's sole contributor of the photographs, Dr John of Dr John's Fortress. Here's a copy of the email he sent to me last month:

Dear Jeff,

For a future time if you need a quick group here are mine. All the pictures are from my personal archive and are over 35 years old. They certainly can be used. Just in case you're busy.

Dr John

The age of these photos, which are scans from actual film, (remember those days before digital?) give them a much different look than the ones I typically pull off of Flickr. I figured they'd be fun to use and also wondered how their style might influence the stories this month. There is one photo of flowers that I almost subbed out because we had one of roses last month, but John was gracious enough to send a whole set to use and I wanted to honor that, so I kept it in. Thanks again John, it's appreciated.

If anyone else would ever like to have one or more of your photographs used, please feel free to email them to me and I'll do my best to include them.

Okay, here are the pics:

Pics without the graphic if you prefer to use them this way:

The fifteenth falls on a Thursday next month and with Christmas and New Years coming up, I've opted to set the posting date later rather than sooner. Therefore, January's stories will be due to be posted between Mon 19th - Wed 21st. Happy writing!


Desert Songbird said...

What a great group of photos. Maybe one day I'll get off my fat lazy ass and participate.


Cherie said...

Thanks Dr. John for those fab pictures. Lots of jumping off points with stories for those.

And thanks, of course, to you, Jeff, for inspiring us. :)

BJ Roan said...

Very interesting group of pictures this month. Thanks Dr. John. My first impression was...this will be hard!

Nessa said...

I love the pictures, Dr. J.

I can't wait to give this project a try.

Akelamalu said...

Oh I love the photographs for January! My mind's working overtime already. :)

Finding Pam said...

Please excuse my ignorance, but I do not know what language is in the next to the last photo? Any and all hints would be appreciated. Thank you!

BTW, great and interesting pictures and I am sure there will be some amazing stories from this creative bunch!

Dr.John said...

Glad you got them to work.

San said...

Intriguing photos. One of these days I'll have to participate in this--it's always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

Jeff B said...

Songbird- Hey, your ass isn't fat. *wink*

Cherie- I have a feeling there will be a pretty diverse bunch of stories from these.

BJ- I have a feeling your creative mind will click on something.

Nessa- Looking forward to your entry.

Akelamalu- Hmmm, what will she come up with this month?

Pam- My thought is they are Greek, but in looking at them some more I'm not sure. If you figure it out ahead of me, please share.

Dr John- It took some head scratching to figure out, but alas it worked. Thanks for the great pictures.

San- You'd be great at this. Hopefully time will permit you to join in.

Ron said...

Just wanted to stop by and say a quick HI!


Can you tell I miss blogging????

Hey...I read your meme in the previous post and loved it!

The next time I see a Balloon, I'm going to POP it and think of you!


Take care, buddy!

Have a great weekend!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I'll have to get my thinking cap on immediately (after Christmas)!

Merry Christmas.


Sandi McBride said...

OMG! I'm going to have fun with this one! Thanks to Dr. John...we owe him big...

Sandi McBride said...

Not that we don't owe you, Jefafa...yeah, watched the Dunham Christmas special last could you tell?

Jeff B said...

Ron- Ya little balloon popping turd!

Thanks for dropping in, and I hope the shopping crowds don't turn on you as the 25th approaches.

Anne- That's why I thought posting a week later would be better for everyone.

Sandifafa- We watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" the other night. A little different genera, but it still set the mood for the season.

Maggie May said...

There's all sorts of things spring to mind with these photos!
Thinking cap on!

katherine. said...

I want to get back on this gig !

Jeff B said...

Maggie May- There are several possibilities aren't there?

Katherine- Great! Hope you join in on the fun.