Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Prompt from here.

For this challenge, we want to see a photo of someone looking truly happy. Not “I’m-smiling-for-this-photo” happy, but really, deeply, twinkle-in-the-eyes happy.


Nipponland ©mk17design

Nipponland ©mk17design

Behold, Alice in Nipponland.

When the theme is out, most people would look for a photo that shows a big smile or someone laughing.

I want to look at it from another angle.

Happiness makes people smile, that is true.
But how do you tell someone is smiling without actually seeing the smile?

When we’re smiling a genuine smile, our whole faces get involved — our whole bodies, for that matter. There’s a light in our eyes.


Even when you can’t see her smiling, you’d know she’s smiling or laughing or giggling or whatever behind that out-of-context, stereotypical Japanese paper fan.

What do you think?
Was she looking at a real white rabbit in the photo shoot?
Did the make-up artist do something weird behind the photographer?
Or did the other models in Tweedledee and Tweedledum costume fool around near the set?

Either way, Alice is happy.

Spoiler though: if you really want to know the truth behind this one, she was actually holding back a laugh because the photo shoot was outdoor and the model in the Cheshire Cat costume was attacked by mosquitoes.

Wait, mosquitoes?

Another plot twist: no, we didn’t shoot this is Japan.
This was shot near Jakarta, Indonesia.

Welcome to the tropicals, Alice.


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