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Story of a scene
場 景 故 事

A man reclines on bench along a river bank in this undated photo.

Photos: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times

Where is this scene set? When is it set? It appears to be a young man reclining on a seat along a river bank in a rural area. There are boats on the river. It seems to be a pleasant day.

Who is the man? Why is he not sitting straight on the bench? What is the reason for his unusual posture? What does he have covering his head, and why is it there? It appears to be his jacket, but can you be sure? Also, he is lifting his right arm to his head: what is he about to do? Is he going to hold his head? Does he have a headache? Is he in pain? Or is he holding his head in guilt or shame? Perhaps he is simply going to remove the material — jacket? — covering his face.

What does he look like under the cover? Is he embarrassed by his appearance? Is he hiding himself from others, or shading himself from the sun? Perhaps the sun is too strong, and he is protecting the skin on his face.

He is wearing sturdy walking shoes. Is he hiking? He doesn’t appear to have a rucksack, or even a bag. How long has he been walking for? Is this a long hike, or just an afternoon stroll? How long has he been sitting there? What is he thinking at this exact moment in time? When will he get up and leave? Will he get up and leave?

There’s a story here.

What is happening in the second photo? Who are these people? What are they doing? How are they related to each other?

Ask the questions. Write the story.

(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)








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