Here is an unusual picture writing prompt that has an air of mystery about it. The man has his back to us and not much can be inferred from his appearance. He is almost claustrophobically hemmed in by his surroundings, which seem to be mere texture in the background. There are no real details to be gleaned from his setting, but the image is rich in emotion. What feeling do you get from what you see?
First, look at the actual physical details, minimal though they may be. A bald white guy wearing a suit jacket has his back to us. We don't know if he is tall, average height, or short. We don't know if he is standing or sitting or on his knees. Each position puts a different slant on possible stories. He could be any age, but I would put him younger than forty because he shows no age spots or discoloration on his neck, head, and ears. He looks burly. I say this because his suit jacket strains along his shoulders, which also suggests cheap fabric. Is he an impoverished clergyman, a jaded cop, or a minor hit man? Since you have few details to study, you should make the most of what you have. Get a close look at that head and neck. See how clean and well-groomed he is? No shaving cuts, grime behind the ears, or acne on his neck. His bald head almost looks waxed with the light reflecting off it. Is cleanliness really next to godliness in his case? Or is he an evil man with creepy psychological fetish for neatness?
And why is he facing into what seems to be a brick wall anyway? Is he a cop, searching for clues? Is he a ruthless tycoon who has returned to contemplate the ghetto from which he once escaped? Or perhaps he is an important religious figure being held under house arrest in a third-world nation torn by chaos and civil war. What is he thinking as he bows his head, if that is actually what he is doing? Perhaps he prays to God for forgiveness. Or maybe he is gloating over his ill-gotten gains. Let your imagination be the guide as you write his story.
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