The Rest of the Story
We've all seen photos that speak for themselves. They tell a story or emit a feeling that resonates with the viewer. Well, some photos might say one thing, but then when combined with other photos might tell a different story.
I posted this photo of Lola, Hanna and Hallie on the Facebook fan page last week. Like many dogs, they love to play ball and they will play until our throwing arm gives out if we let them. To me this photo says, "fun!"
The thing is, since I spent time with these three girls, I know the rest of the story. . .
Lola, Hanna and Hallie share a home with two people . . . and a whole lot of cattle. When I see the photo of the dogs playing ball in with other photos from their day, I get a different perspective. When I look at these three photos as a whole, the dogs playing ball has a different feel to it. It still says "fun," but it's obvious that this is more than just playing ball for them. For one thing, it's connecting with their busy owners during a little down time. Looking at all three photos as a grouping, you get a sense of the hard work that occurs and with that in mind, the photo of the dogs says even more. It still says, "fun," but it also says, "family, belonging, and truly loved." The same goes for the other two photos . . . on their own, you have a good sense of the long, hard work hours of their day, but when you add the photo of the dogs with the ball, you can once again, "feel the love."
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I can't really get them to say "cheese," but I can almost always make them smile. -Kelly