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article imagePhoto Essay: Discovering Lanzarote — Images create 100 stories Special

By Lesley Lanir     Sep 15, 2013 in Travel
Arrecife - Lanzarote is known for its volcanoes, unique landscapes, temperate climate and fine beaches but why not take a look at some of the local people, residents and tourists too and create a story for them from their actions, settings and backgrounds.
It's true, it's hard to stop admiring the incredible landscapes of a distinctive place such as Lanzarote, but why not take a little time away from the fascinating scenery and fresh local food to quietly observe some of the locals, residents and tourists. As a writer, if you ask yourself who, what, why, when, where and how, every photo conjures up a new discovery, a beginning of a story, a challenging poem or script and the right images can set your creative writing wheels in motion.
At El Golfo on the west coast of Lanzarote, a young lady with fluorescent pink hair walks briskly along the black volcanic sand completely ignoring the crashing waves of the cool Atlantic. Where is she going and why is she in a hurry?
Pink-haired woman - El Golfo  Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
Pink-haired woman - El Golfo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
On the opposite coast to the young woman with the fluorescent hair, at the harbour of Puerto del Carmen you will find a little girl waiting on some steps all alone and looking out to sea. Who is she? Where is she from? When did she arrive? Why is she alone? How did she get here? What is she waiting for?
Girl waiting  Puerto del Carmen  Lanzarote   Canary Islands.
Girl waiting, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Create your own questions and stories for the following images. For example, for these two people chatting quietly at a local bar in Costa Luz Commercial Centre just across from Playa de los Pocillos.
Evening meeting at Groucho s Bar in Costa Luz  Puerto del Carmen  Lanzarote.
Evening meeting at Groucho's Bar in Costa Luz, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.
A bit further north in Tahiche, maybe wonder why an infant has found his own way of viewing the former home of the artist and architect, César Manrique, now open to visitors as the César Manrique Foundation.
Infant crawling at the César Manrique Foundation.
Infant crawling at the César Manrique Foundation.
Let's travel up to the northern coast of Lanzarote where a boat from the fishing village of Orzola takes you to the Island of La Graciosa – a marine reserve.
These two men are sailing around Caleta del Sebo the main harbor of La Graciosa. What is their story? Who are they? How do they know one another? What are they doing? Why are they leaving? Where are they going? When will they return?
Caleta del Sebo harbour  La Graciosa  Lanzarote.
Caleta del Sebo harbour, La Graciosa, Lanzarote.
A woman and a child together at Caleta del Sebo, Graciosa. Are we witnessing a loving embrace or a gentle reprimand?
Close encounters between a woman and child.  Caleta del Sebo  Graciosa  Lanzarote.
Close encounters between a woman and child. Caleta del Sebo, Graciosa, Lanzarote.
Notice the two bare-footed children running along the same beach. Do they know the woman and the child?
Playing on the sand. Caleta del Sebo  Graciosa  Lanzarote  Canary Islands.
Playing on the sand. Caleta del Sebo, Graciosa, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Take time to flick slowly through your own photos. One image can capture your thoughts and lead them in numerous directions and provide the muse you need to start your next creative journey.
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