When I look at a picture or a photograph where I don't know the subjects or context, I am subconsciously making a story up of the subjects.
This pic was random, and I chose it after I Google SuperNova. It was the prettiest. But I was looking for something spacey that had to do with a Super Nova.
You can do this exercise with a friend, where you each find a picture, then trade. That way you don't have any preconceived notions (like I do, by picking this photo).
If you're having problems and thinking too much, don't. If you're having problems figuring out what to do/how to do it, consider these questions when you look at the photo:
- Connect with the photo (e.g. "I always wanted to be an astronaut").
- Does a question come to mind when you look at it? (e.g. "What's it like at the center?").
- Notice the details in the photo and write about it (e.g. "Look at how bright those few stars are, they sparkle like diamonds").
- Write a caption for the photo (e.g."This is what happens when you fart in space").
Now get comfy, take a minute to look at the picture, set your timer and get writing!