Every Picture Tells a Story – What Story Does This Picture Tell?

If every picture tells a story, what story does this picture tell?

Lynn Kelley, Every Picture Tells a Story

Think fast. What flashes through your mind at first glance?

Those brick steps are really cool?

Her boots are to die for?

The guy’s got his eye on that girl?

A Matter of Perspective

Did you do a double-take? Got a nagging feeling something’s off kilter?

If so, you get a cookie for being perceptive.

So, what’s up that photo? There are clues.

Some of you have already figured it out.

Others, like me, who suck at puzzles, are still trying to piece it together.

A Few Hints

Focus on the bricks.

Now, check out that wall.

Look at her body language. Does she look comfortable?

What color is the sky?

(Okay, that was a BIG hint.)

Here’s another hint: GRAVITY

Hmm, what’s up with her hair? Bad hair day?

Or, bad hair moment?

Can’t defy GRAVITY, although more hair spray would have helped.

Do you love a good story with twists you didn’t see coming?

Kind of like that picture, in a way. It’s got a twist to it. A sideways twist.

Time for the BIG REVEAL (in case you’re still stuck).

If you have a laptop or cell, turn your screen. If not, tilt your head sideways.

The guy and the girl are on the sidewalk. What looks like brick steps are actually parts of a building that jut out. You can’t see the sky because that’s the street at the top of the photo.

Here’s what the scene actually looks like. This couple’s having engagement pictures taken near Union Station in Los Angeles.

The trick photo was the guy’s idea, and the photographer went along with it, just for fun.

IMG958623This is what the setting looks like in proper perspective.

For Pete’s sake, stop checkin’ out her boots. I love ’em, too, but I’m trying to make a point here!

Lynn Kelley, Every Picture Tells a Story

Same setting from another angle.


A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.  ~Samuel Grafton

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.~G.K. Chesterton

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.  ~Henry Miller

What are your thoughts? Do you strive to notice extraordinary aspects in ordinary things? Turn things sideways, upside-down,or stand on your head to find a new perspective or add dimension?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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12 Responses to Every Picture Tells a Story – What Story Does This Picture Tell?

  1. I knew she was sideways from the way her hair fell. The effect worked better with him.

  2. Pambelina says:

    That’s a pretty cool picture, very clever idea to do what they did…it took me awhile to figure it out, though. The guy looks like he’s really standing!

  3. Ah, things are not always as they seem. Cool pic, Lynn! I really thought they were standing/sitting too. Even the hair didn’t clue me in. My first thought was that the guy was kinda creepy…lol

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      Hahahaha! That’s funny about your first thought, Kass. I guess it must be the mystery writer in you! Like you, I never figured it out. Never was good at puzzles and things like this, but I think it’s cool. Thanks for visiting, my friend!

  4. Yvette Carol says:

    Great! The funny part for me was the fact your daughter wasn’t putting her weight on her feet, so I felt as if she was afraid of what was “down” there. At first I assumed she was on the edge of some scary precipice or something. Then when you gave the first clue, I realized her hair was falling sideways so she had to be lying down. Good mystery 🙂

  5. Patricia says:

    It took me a minute to realize something was off. Eventually I zeroed in on her hair. It just didn’t look right.

    And then there were the hints. Like, lots of hints. I knew as soon as you gave the first hint I was looking at the right thing and got it right away.

    Thanks for sharing. I love puzzles.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • That’s really cool that you love puzzles, Patricia, and were able to figure this out pretty fast. I don’t like puzzles, but that’s because I’m not good at them and they frustrate me. I know they’re good for our brains, though. Maybe I’ll have to make an effort to do more puzzles. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Once I took a close look, I realized they were lying on the sidewalk. Great photo! Not obvious at first glance.

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