Anthrow Circus

MicroStories: Quatre

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.


Rocco had heard it all before. All those colorful ants—that’s how he referred to them in his head to make their voices seem more insignificant—had jeered at him for years. Even though this had been his beach long before they were even a glimmer in their maker’s mind’s eye. They called him a fat slob and complained that he blocked their view of the horizon. Sometimes they even threw things at him, puffing up their chests over succeeding to hit a large, unmoving target. Juveniles. On good days, Rocco would manage to ignore their insults, turn his face to the friendly sea, and welcome the waves who whispered the secrets of their worldwide adventures. Secrets those rainbow ants would never be quiet enough to hear. Their loss and very much Rocco’s gain. Whisper, waves. Whisper. I’m listening, was Rocco’s silent mantra.

A Cinque Terre, Italy 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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