Hands up if you like surprises? Hands up if you like travelling? Hands up if you’ve got three hands?
I’m constantly trying to inject creativity into TrailofAnts.com. I do it because I love the genre, and while I do receive some wonderfully humbling comments about my writing, I have also accepted that if I am to grow, my content needs to diversify.
Creative Blog Ideas
Recent attempts have been the SlideShare for, 10 Most Misused Words in Travel Blogs (that was awesome), and the matter-of-fact review of the Trans-Mongolian Railway, which used an Animoto slideshow as its centrepiece.
Today, it’s a secret photograph. Everybody say, “Oooooo…”
The Secret Photo
It’s down there, on the right, but don’t click it yet!
I need to explain something first.
The photo you’re about to see is neither shocking, nor particularly striking. It was taken on a footbridge in George Town, Penang, during a mighty downpour. I thought twice about taking the photograph, so when you look at it, it’s worth considering if you would have. Put yourself in my shoes.
I’d also like you to notice the graffiti; this was the spark which led me to take the photo, and I believe it compliments the overall energy of the image.
Behind the Scenes
The reason I hesitated taking the photo, wasn’t just because the photo shows an innocent young boy.
He arrived on the bridge with a young Indian man, perhaps in his late teens. They were obviously homeless and sheltering from the rain. I felt that by taking the photo — and then wandering off — I was letting him down somehow.
Perhaps I did?
And then there’s the real reason. Look closely at what this kid is wearing. It’s disgusting that a child should be made to wear a Manchester United shirt. If it were an Arsenal shirt, he would have looked smart and respectable, but whoever bought him this shirt was quite obviously intending to ridicule him.
I’m curious to know whether the hidden photo behaves itself on your smart phones and in your RSS readers. My hunch is that it won’t work, in which case I hastily apologise. Perhaps go retro and visit the original post on a computer.