I was taking my daily sunset walk on the beach at La Manzanilla, Mexico when I came upon this idyllic scene. He was sipping a margarita and staring out to sea as the water ebbed and flowed—never reaching higher than his chair bottom. Of course, I had to comment.
“Is the view good enough for you?” I queried, with a noticeable lack of originality.
“Do you want to see for yourself?” he asked. He quickly rose from his chair and motioned for me to take his place, taking my camera from my hand as he handed me his Margarita.
He told me to look his way as he turned the tide by taking a picture of me, and so I didn’t see at first a part of the landscape obvious in this next picture.
But as often happens in an evening tide, that object quickly washed ashore to enter my picture,
and quickly dominate it.
(I promise. This was not a staged incident. It happened exactly as I describe it with no prompting by me. I love getting out in the world. No imagined story ever duplicates what happens in real life!!)
The Prompt: Edge of the Frame—We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person.
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