MicroStories: Trois

PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE

A real life scene has been turned miniature through the magic of photography. This miniaturized scene inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. We invite you to explore the world with us, letting your imagination play along as you do. The world can always use more play.


“Come away,” Bernard urged Celia. “Don’t torture yourself any further.” But Celia stood rooted despite his entreaties. Tears clouded sight. Heart thumped in pain. She couldn’t tear her gaze from the swirling lights. Their little girl should have been there, eyes bright with delight as she whirled round and round and round. Oh, the never-ending grief. Somehow, though, she needed this accidental moment under the sympathetic trees, gaiety before her, gentle lapping river behind her, Bernard beside her. Tomorrow she would rise up hurting just a little less. 

A London, England MicroStory


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JC Johnson

JC Johnson, Culture Keeper’s Artistic Director, spends most of her time as a photography and arts instructor in Nashville, Tennessee. She is often overwhelmed with wanderlust, photographs internationally, and has a passion for travel and study abroad as both an artist and instructor. Her photographic work makes associations to childhood as well as to the nostalgic and the whimsical. Common themes in her photography include European architecture and history, fashion, travel, toys, and miniatures.

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Kami L. Rice

Kami Rice, Anthrow Circus’s editor, plies her insatiable curiosity from a base in southern France and from perches in coffeehouses, cafés, and friends' homes the world over. As a freelance journalist, she has reported for the Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Tennessean, Nashville Arts Magazine, and NewsMavens, among many others. Her more creative work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, The High Calling, and Washington Institute's Missio. Her French to English translation has been published by Éditions Beaux-Arts de Paris. She also edits manuscripts and articles for a variety of clients and loves learning about the lives of regular, real people wherever she finds herself.

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