The Photograph

Sunday Muse #53. Ortography is the belief that the last thing seen on a dead person’s eyes is forever imprinted on the lens of the eye. One of the usese fir this was that of the murder of Mary Kelly by Jack the Ripper. Ortigraphy is a pseudoscience.
The Photograph
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” Robert Frank

The photographer put up his tripod, adjusting the lens.
The girl’s eyes were wide open.
He held the lamp over her
trying to see if there were an image
imprinted on her eye.
He pressed the bulb
and the chemicals exploded –
a flashpoint of light.
When he developed the glass plates
he was surprised.
The image on the photographic paper
was that of the girl herself.

Photo by Josiel Miranda from Pexels

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carrie V. H.
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 21:36:14

    I love the explanation of ortography at the beginning and the quote matched with your prose poetry! It pulled me in snd i followed gladly. Breathtaking writing Toni! The ending gave me chills. I have an essay i will share with you sometime that this made me think of.


  2. Ed Rigg
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 03:38:30

    Gosh, Toni, your explanation of ortography is fascinating.
    Your prose got to me and the ending was rivetting. Made me shiver.
    I must go out in the sun to warm up a bit.
    Thanks for that, I really enjoyed it.


  3. Vicki
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 10:18:28

    Chilling write! I really enjoyed this, Toni.


  4. coalblack
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 13:17:47

    Point and shoot, dude. The lady had a story to tell, and the true ones are never what you experts expect!


  5. Susie Clevenger
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 19:27:33

    Goodness, that was unexpected, but I loved it.


  6. robtkistner
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 23:00:12

    What a fascinating perspective you share here Toni, I really like this – well written, and very intriguing! 🙂


  7. purplepeninportland
    May 01, 2019 @ 20:23:56

    Unexpected ending on this. I am fascinated with the idea of being able to see that person’s last image.


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