Snapshot Stories

Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo.

Oh, for f… crying out loud!

Well the picture is at the top of this post. In case it can’t be seen in all it’s glory, here it is again:

It’s taken from the camera roll on my phone as I can honestly say that I do not own a photo album. I don’t particularly like seeing photos of myself – I’ve taken maybe four selfies in my life (where you can see my face) and I can only think of a further 3 photos of myself that I have in my possession.

The story of this one. This was a trip to Alton Towers in 2013 and was taken on the Nemesis rollercoaster. We’d been pulling faces at the cameras on all the rides for most of the day and I happened to catch this one just right, going to the “dog out the car window” look.

It was a pretty cold day as far as I remember, hence the layers. I remember that we bought giraffe ears to go down the log flume. But actually I can’t remember a great deal more of the day. It may or may not have been a birthday trip.

Rollercoaster photos have been something that we’ve done since we started going places that did them. One year we went round the Ghost Train twice because, as it was dark, we didn’t know where the camera was. We once all did Dr Evil poses on one, causing my brother to put his little finger through this lip mid-ride. And below is the Nemesis 2014 edition:

So take the photographs and still frames in your mind.
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time.
Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial.
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

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