“Did you say you’re taking the shot in black and white?” the model asked.
“Yes, I’ve got the camera set to black and white mode” he answered. “I find that light and shadows are accentuated by the lack of color. And I believe that when you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”
“That’s beautiful,” she said.
“Okay, we’re ready. I need you to roll the corner of this tissue into a point, and place it in one nostril,” he explained. “Then gently move it back and forth until you feel a tickling sensation. That will stimulate your trigeminal nerve, which should cause you to sneeze.”
“And then what?” she asked.
“Try to hold it in as long as you can once the urge hits you,” he said. “But when the sneeze comes, let it go. Don’t cover your mouth. I’ve got the lighting set up to capture everything perfectly if only the timing is right.”
“I’ll do my best,” she said. When she felt the need to sneeze coming on, she screamed “Now!”
He depressed the shutter button on the camera just as her sneeze shot out of her mouth. Then he looked at the image he’d just taken through the camera’s digital display. “This is perfect,” he said. “I have captured the essence of the human sneeze. Come see.”
The model came over and looked at the image on the small screen on the back of his camera and all she could say was, “Wow!”
Writtdn for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Image credit: Sylvia Grav.