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Linkmeister

If it's all about the words, try Wordle.

Ken Muldrew

If you had sketched the girl (assuming you could get a reasonable likeness), would you worry about posting it?

Lance

Ken, good question. I would have posted a sketch in a heartbeat.

John B.

Part Don Quixote (as the Knight-to-be imagines the words his future chronicler will write about him), part Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Stephen's seeing the girl on the beach). I don't care if you had either/neither in mind; this was wonderful to read.

actor212

See, Lance, this is why I always wear my Bluetooth headset, even when I don't carry my phone.

CaliBlogger

I wonder if a photo is too close to reality, not filtered through our artistic brains the way writing, or even a sketch would be.

Why the surfers, not the girl? Her solitude perhaps?

Just guessing.

Lovely essay though.

eloriane

I wonder if if has to do with her being involved in a very private act, thinking deeply, versus the surfers who were more public in their actions. Part of surfing is showing off, I think, whereas she was clearly not desiring or expecting an audience. It's the difference between photographing a stranger in a park, and the same person in their living room.
And choosing a sketch or words over a photo puts more space between the girl herself and your representation, making it more about your craft, less about her, and therefore more acceptable?
Interesting puzzle.

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