Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ekphrastic Tuesday in the mountains

Daily Exercise Genre: Ekphrasis.

Ekphrasis is from Greek meaning the description of a work of art as a rhetorical device. That's actually pretty straight forward, but another way to look at it, is it's highfalutin fan fiction, usually about paintings or pieces of music, but it can be about virtually anything. Look at or listen to the following piece of art and write a piece of prose or poetry that is inspired by some aspect of it.

Picture by ShutterHappyTraveler c/o imgur
So... not everyone is a camper. If this doesn't invoke a personal expedition, perhaps you can imagine a person or persons in this place. Heck, you could set a Revenant-style bear attack here. It could certainly happen. I think of happier things looking here, but, you know. To each their own.

Bonus Exercises: Looking at this picture, there is nothing red, like, at all. What if there is a red object that is very important to the story/poem. Whether a cooler, a clown's red nose, a brake light, the setting sun, a campfire... there are a lot of red things.

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