PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE
A real life scene turned miniature through the magic of photography has inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. Explore the world with us and let your imagination play along as you do. Enjoy the rest of our MicroStories series here.
I used to be full of life, you know. I promise. But that was all before The Saddest Day. But, shhh, we don’t speak of it much. Not like there’s anyone to speak to anyway, though. Before that day, my red door was always banging gaily as people went in and out, and out and in. New faces. Familiar faces. Everyone was welcome. Even the weather was different then. Sun, sun, and more sun. Glinting down on sweaty horses, and later on steaming cars. And the music. It lived on the wind and danced through me and breathed in all who passed here. But then The Saddest Day. And suddenly it all stopped. I’m still alive, at least…if one can still call it life when the music has ended.
An Inishmore, Ireland MicroStory
JC Johnson, Anthrow Circus's Creative 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.
Kami L. Rice
Kami Rice, Anthrow Circus’s editor, plies her insatiable curiosity from a base in northern 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 Christianity Today, 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.