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Picture This

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I will make the completely unsubstantiated claim that Indonesia, where I currently reside, is the number one country in the world for “selfies.” People take pictures of their food. This affection for food won’t come as a surprise for followers of Instagram; food pictures are everywhere. This photographic subject is only one reason I rarely visit Instagram. I routinely say “no” when people ask if they can take a picture of me. I try to be polite and I give reasons for my refusal. I can’t control where the pictures might end up and how they might be doctored. Ask Nancy Pelosi.

Today, the day of this post, I went to my Kampung (very, very, local) barbershop. This shop (or stand) is a place where I get a haircut for the equivalent of USD 1.39 (double the price paid by Indonesians). Although this is my favorite neighborhood barbershop that I have used for more than four years, the barber today was new. After finishing the job, without asking permission or giving any notice, the barber produced a cellphone and started taking pictures (plural emphasized). Indonesians accept this as normal and are ready to strike a pose anytime. I know I am considered rude when I refuse, and it is a dilemma I face often.

Indonesians also realize the strange and sometimes absurd nature of this and make fun of themselves. In my classes, I noticed that when students leave the room for anything; a missed phone call, or a bathroom break, they do so in pairs. This practice is especially true for women. One day, three women left for a bathroom break. I remarked on this and asked the reason for three absences. One student answered, “Someone has to take the pictures.” Yep, that question and answer session happened. Of course, they were joking (I hope).

This practice brings me to this week’s Twittering Tale as we look back on a time when film was prevalent and a handy tool for proof. Wilke Collins and a friend, bird hunting enthusiasts, are attempting to take pictures on the Limmeridge Estate, the home of Marion and Laura, when he accidentally pans his camera to the top of one of the estate’s turrets. What he captured on film will possibly help in a court battle to settle Laura’s estate. Or maybe not.

Twittering Tales
About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Twittering Tales #138 – 28 May 2019


Photo by Moritz 320 at

A Break in the Case

“You’re gonna want to see these Brad. I had the lab develop prints from the camera we found at the crime scene.”
“Do we have a suspect?”
“No, nothing like that. Look at this beauty. A ’64 Mustang. Do you think the paint job is original? ”


236 Characters

My Story:

“Wilke, point the camera to that turret. There is a lot of activity, and birds should appear soon.”
“That’s not a bird. It’s the crazy Woman in White the villagers talk about. Is she trying to fly?”
“Two others are helping her. Get the picture. Someone will be framed for this.”

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3 thoughts on “Picture This

  1. I’m afraid the selfie craze is pretty rampant here as well. There are tutorials and special apps that will help one take the perfect selfie. Like old Mustangs, and celluloid film, I remember the days when we didn’t have phones on us 24/7. It was a simpler time. One could really get away and take a break from the madness. Perhaps things weren’t as mad back then, though it’s hard to tell. If they were we didn’t know it. What bliss that was. Too bad we didn’t realize it at the time. As for your tale…I’m wondering if the “lady in white” is a specter…and therefore the answer to the question you hinted at…”What he captured on film will possibly help in a court battle to settle Laura’s estate. Or maybe not.” Still a great snapshot, if he was able to capture it on film. I’ve caught a few ghosts unaware…at least I believe that’s what they are! 🙂

    1. With phones on all the time and applications such as What’s App, we have a new category of “entitlement.” Some of the rudest communications I receive are expressions of anger that I was not immediately available to answer questions (these from students who are habitually late to class). As for the story, I got carried away in the moment. I am working with some students on an analysis of “The Woman in White” by Wilke Collins. He wrote it at the same time, and for, Charles Dickens who was writing “Tale of Two Cities.” Collins’ book has a remarkably brutal theme for the Victorian era. Initially, the woman in white was supposed to suggest a spectral presence but that eventually changes into a very grim reality.
      As always, thanks for your thoughtful feedback.

      1. I am not familiar with Wilke Collins. Now I am intrigued. We like to vacation on the outer banks of North Carolina. I remember how sad we were when cell towers made their way to the island.

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