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MicroStories: Quatre


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


Learn more about MicroStories on Etsy. Learn more about JC Johnson, Culture Keeper’s artistic director, and Kami Rice, Culture Keeper’s managing editor, at their respective websites.


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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, Culture Keeper’s editor, moved to southern France in 2012 to study French for a semester. Years later she’s still in France, and her French is still frustratingly imperfect. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Tennessean, and a wide variety of other publications. She has edited and proofread manuscripts, magazines, and articles for publishing houses and nonprofit organizations. Her aim is to cover international stories with as much nuance and as little cliché as possible. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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