Man Lost in Thought Photo Prompt
Because this young man has hidden his mouth, he is truly open to interpretation. He could be hiding an evil smirk or lips trembling with distress or a peaceful smile. Because he is young, there are no lines in his face that suggest a lifetime’s habit of scowling or smiling. We don’t know what kind of person he is or how he might react to certain obstacles or opportunities.
We can see the suggestion of tension in his narrowed eyes and slightly lowered brows. But he could be in the act of composing a sonnet or working out a differential equation in his head. He could be worried about an upcoming challenge at his job. Perhaps he misses his parents, who died recently. What happened to them? Were they halfway around the world working for the State Department, or on a mission from their church? Maybe this is the future and they were killed by aliens while mining off the rings of Saturn.
Let’s say he is facing a challenge. What is it? Is his story a literary one in which he wrestles with family secrets or mental illness or backstabbing coworkers? Explain what is going on and make it clear how badly the deck is stacked against him. The bigger the problem, the better. Maybe he is one of the romantic leads in a romance novel. Has he just been jilted by his lover? Did he do something to deserve this, and can he make things right? Or maybe he is the main character in a thriller. Is a he a lawyer, preparing for a seemingly unwinnable trial? Or maybe he is a detective faced with a baffling series of murders. Or maybe he is just a regular guy caught up in sinister forces beyond his control. You decide and make his story come to life. I purchased this photo with my funds at Dreamstime Stock Photography.
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