In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Perfect Shots.”
Have you ever been at the playground that still has the old fashioned very tall old metal slide, complete with the steep narrow ladder for stairs? Someday I want to paint that slide covered in kids. This picture has to be painted. I am not sure there are even eny slides like this remaining in southern california. Plus kids are never given the freedom to just swarm all over a big dangerous toy like the metal slide. They might fall. And even if I found this scene, probably could not capture all be able to capture the emotions in a single photo. Might not even happen with three photos, but I might get closer.
First shot, one kid is climbing up the ladder. This little boy is terrified, but there is one kid ahead who is excited and several more behind on the ladder. The little boy cannot go down. He doesn’t want to go up, but the pressure of more kids behind him forces him to climb. He knows everyone else can do it and that he should also be able to do it. He wants to slide, but also doesn’t. The picture would clearly capture all these clearly conflicting emotions.
Second shot shows one kid sitting on the top about to be pushed down by yet another kid. This little girl holds tightly onto her stuffed animal which is perched between her legs. She’s preteding it’s her baby brother or sister that she’s teaching how to slide. On the slide, there is another little girl shrieking with delight as she flies downward.
The final shot shows kids grouped around the bottom of the slide, picking up a kid who fell on his but. The kid sitting on the grown has a huge goofy grin on his face. He survived the slide and it was FUN. He wants to do it yet again. And again. Life is good.
These photos are why I am taking oil lessons. Not this year, but maybe in another year or two I can paint this picture. Plus the picture of the two old surfer dudes. Two older guys going to the beach in wetsuits holding thier boards. But they have the same excited look of a younger men going surfing. It’s going to be a great afternoon. Who knows, theose older men may just get the perfect wave which leads to scroing the perfect girl and that might lead to the perfect evenings entertainment. Wouldn’t it be great to paint those scenes.