Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #158

yIn Keith’s Words. “Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment* or email it to me at keith@channing.info before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kus #158

The Apprentice by John W. Howell © 2018

“I don’t have a coat on my arm.”

“You don’t need one.”

“I don’t have a beard.”

“You don’t need one.”

“I don’t have a white checkered shirt.”

“You don’t need one.”

“Blue jeans?”


“What kind of apprenticeship is this anyway?”

“You are a photographer’s apprentice.”

“Sounds impressive.”

“Of course it is.”

“I don’t have a camera.”

“You’ll grow into one.”

“So what should I do other than use this phone?”

“Forget the phone. Make clicking noises.”

“Clicking noises?”

“Yes like this, click, click, click. Every time you take a picture make the noise.”

“I should take pictures?”

“You need to practice. Make the noise.”

“Click, click, click.”

“Not so fast, you need to rewind after every shot. Like this, click, whrrrr. Got it?”

“Click, whrrrr. Click, whrrrr. Click, whrrrr.”

“That’s it. Now let me see the photos.”

“What photos?”

“The ones you just took.”

“I didn’t take any.”

“Why not?”

“No camera.”

“Are you going to take this apprenticeship seriously or not?”

“Okay, here they are.”

“Hmmm. Could use a little more light. Try again.”





  1. Love it. Thanks, John.

  2. Been a long time since I’ve heard a ‘click whirrr’.

      1. Do those still exist?

      2. Yup. Most of them are in Washington.

      3. Fossils? Relics? Malfunctioning robots?

      4. In photographer’s hands all pointed at the politicos

  3. “Who’s on First?”
    Always a great job, good John! ♥

    1. Thanks, Billy Ray. 😀


    “Who got shot?”
    “My brother!”
    “Your brother! Why aren’t you grieving?”
    “I didn’t like him too much!”
    “He was messing around with my girlfrend!”
    “Why are you grinning? You’re glad he’s dead?”
    “I really didn’t like him too much!””
    “Did you? Aw, you couldn’t! You wouldn’t do that.”
    “Oh, Shut-up and take pictures!”
    “Well, did you?”
    “He was messing around with my girlfrend…and…just take pictures! Wanta get a milkshake later? And, you’re buying!”
    “I’m buying? Why am I buying? I’m not buying!”
    “I really don’t like you too much!”

    1. Ha ha ha. I would buy too. Nice one, Billy Ray.

      1. You’re my inspiration, good John!

      2. Thank you, Billy Ray. 😀

  5. That’s an apprenticeship that starts at the bottom.

    1. Might be one click below the bottom. Thanks, Craig.

  6. ‘click whirrr’ Pretty nice starting the apprentice with an autowinder 😉

    Nicely done, John.

    1. You are right. He should have started with a hand wind. Shows the modern short cuts. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan. 😀

  7. Gwen Plano · ·

    Brilliant, John. Thanks for the morning smiles. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen for the lovely comment. 😀

  8. Fascinating. I thought you’d point out the differences in generations, one with a real camera and the other with a phone. What do I know?!!

    1. Ha ha ha. Not me.

  9. I love it. He will “grow into” a camera. 🙂 Great one, John!

    1. Yup. Provided he clicks and whirrs enough.

  10. Hilarious, John. I love a morning chuckle – thank you.

    1. Good. Thanks , John

  11. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I haven’t clicked whrrrr since my photography classes…lol. Sound effects always makes things better:)

    1. Thanks DL. They do .

  12. Poor guy. I think he has a lot to learn on this apprenticeship.
    BTW, I always loved the click, and especially, the whrrr of a regular camera. There are some things we just have to surrender for convenience!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Loved the visit. 😀

  13. Really good!

  14. Click, whirrr, click, whirrr. I miss those sounds, and the sound of my film rewinding in the camera back. Plus that little thrill of knowing the roll was done and soon on it’s way to the lab for development.

    I don’t miss the wait to get my images back though. 🙂

    Fun story John!

    1. Thank you, Deborah

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