A picture is worth more than a blank page. Pull out an old photo album - or go to your first few flickr.com posts. Find photo #14. Look at the photo for 2-3 minutes. Afterwards, open your journal, and write for several minutes about how the photo made you feel. What is it a photo of? What kind of memories does it illicit? Don't censor yourself. Write exactly what comes to your mind.
Photo 14 from my flickr
Date uploaded: 25 May 2005
Date taken: 25 Feb 2004 14:33:58
Title: The Lindenhof
Description: "Winter sun shining over the Lindenhof; if you look carefully there are people playing outdoor chess in the background"
I love the long shadows on this photo and the clear, bright winter sun, and the smattering of snow. The Lindenhof is a small hill in the midst of the old town in Zürich and is the original Roman settlement, Turicum. It has an ancient wall and one direction looks out over the Limmat river. This photo looks in the opposite direction, through the Linden trees (hence the name!)
The tourist blurb describes it as an oasis in the city and so it is. It always has a smattering of tourists, mostly taking panoramic photos, but it also always has a fair number of Zürchers: Office workers enjoying their lunch with a view, parents with babies and children, people playing boules and old men playing giant chess. It's a great place to sit and watch the world go slowly past.
When this photo was taken, I'd only been in Zürich a month or so. I was pretty homesick, didn't know anyone, was a bit miserable and at a loss as to how to cope with my new life in Zürich. I remember vividly convincing myself to go out into the city and be a "tourist", take some photos, get a proper feel for the city. I remember really enjoying the winter sunshine, feeling chuffed that I'd found the Lindenhof and feeling adventurous.
Since then the Lindenhof is a place I go to fairly regularly. Mostly with guests, once with katcolorado and Antonia and a few times by myself. I've even found and left a bookcrossing book there!
This photo pleases me with its long shadows and perspective, for its clarity and starkness and for reminding me of my first months in my new home.