I am reviewing your story as a judge for Quotation Inspiration (November 2019)
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Your Quote was: "You don't take a photograph, you make it." --Ansel Adams
I am sorry your piece was disqualified for failure to follow directions (posting word count.) I have erred often, forgetting to do something, then been disqualified for it. It is very frustrating. But, I am still going to give your piece a review. I hope that will soften the disappointment.
I really, really liked this piece! I wasn't sure about the importance of the feeling faint episode or the main character's failure to remember her homeward trip. How was that essential to the story? I thought it was going to work into a romance with the professor, but you never went there.
What I liked most about this piece was that the student took so many pictures, which is probably the key to a winning photo, after all. But how did she MAKE that photo (special?) I think if you decide to work more on this piece, I would journey further. When she looks at the developed photos what is she thinking each time? Is her brain refocusing, reimagining, examining the scene for what she liked and didn't like. The eye of the photographer, that is the essential part which MAKEs a particular picture a WOW. Of course, that's only my viewpoint, and I'm not a photographer. LOL
I especially enjoyed the fact that she went into nature instead of staying home to read the textbook. Essential!
Corrections & comments:
It seems to me that this young lady did NOT meet the assignment. She gave the professor a packetof photos, but he asked for -- interesting . . . the task was: to find the most beautiful thing in the world, yet he asks the students to drop their prints in his box. So, it is the professor who has a confusing assignment. One is singular and one is plural. Perhaps you might want to ponder that issue and have Mr. Prof change his assignments to: the most beautiful things in the world, or have the students choose one photo that shows the most beautiful thing.
Just a thought, of course.
I am so glad I got to read this. I hope you keep on writing and sharing your work!
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