When The Mirror Cracked…Friday Fictioneers.

Only Panoramic Pete would ever dream of driving a Kombi up Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain. A rugged track edging through grueling terrain, it was challenging on two feet. There was no way you’d get a Kombi further than the car park.

That didn’t stop “P.P.” from trying. After all, he couldn’t fit all of his must-have photography  props into a backpack. He couldn’t photograph nature in the raw either. As his detractors smirked, he had to piss all over it. Stick nature inside a human frame, reflect it back in a mirror and that was “art”.

Then, the mirror cracked.


This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. Every week, we write a 100 words to a photo prompt. This week’s photo prompt is  Β© Nathan Sowers grandson of our own Dawn M. Miller.

Contrary to what I’ve implied above, I actually really like this photograph and commend the photographer. As a photographer myself, I have a swag of photography props myself and they tend to be a real pain to lug around.

I was actually going to focus on the shed in the shot, which looks very much like a shed my grandfather-in-law used to throw on the back of his truck to go tin mining around Derby, Tasmania. I don’t know how I deviated onto this farcical twist and I don’t think I want to find out.

Best wishes,


37 thoughts on “When The Mirror Cracked…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Dale

    But did it crack before or after he got his shot? And maybe that crack in itself is a whole different image he could portray – as the only one present, he could bullshit his way by saying it was cracked all along πŸ˜‰

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Dale.
    In the full-extended before cutting it back to 100 words version, his assistant threw a rock at the mirror to capture a shattered variation of the reflection, without thinking of the implications of seven years back luck. I love photographing mirror buildings and reflections in puddles etc. but perhaps I’m just warped.
    xx Rowena

  3. Rowena Post author

    You’re right on the money there, Jilly. He’s a bit of a worry, but perhaps your greatest concern would be getting lost in all the clutter.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I think he might need someone to take him under their wing and educate him a little. I think my recommendation would be to leave everything behind, including his camera, and just go for a walk and enjoy what he sees for what it is. However, as a photographer myself, I couldn’t ask him to climb Cradle Mountain without his camera. That would be too cruel.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Very much so, and a great point, Fatima. That is also a good life lesson for each of us as well because no one likes to make mistakes and to learn that something good can come out of them, can be very liberating.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    Sandra, he does need to mellow out a bit, doesn’t he! It’s been interesting to read the feedback on this character. While he’s clearly far fetched, I think many of us have met at least a someone like this which takes something way too far.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Iain, I’d imagine a crowded street scene reflected back in a cracked mirror could look really amazing, especially in B & W with the right lighting. Quite spooky and alienating.
    Best wishes,

  8. 4963andypop

    Cracked mirror=bad luck. Not looking good for PP. Love the name, Panoramic Pete. Wasn’t sure how literally you meant the terms “in the raw” (naked?) or “piss all over it,” but sounds like an adventurous guy, getting a little more adventure than he bargained for.

  9. Rowena Post author

    I’m Australian and a bit of Aussie slang found its way into my contribution this week. The idea was that he couldn’t leave nature in its natural state. rather, he had to put his stamp on it, using his props, for his photographs. He’s also quite like a dog pissing everywhere to show their territory. Sometimes, I’m quite surprised my dog doesn’t dehydrate completely on our walks.
    Best wishes,

  10. prior..

    Thanks for your reply – but I did want to mention that our of all the blogs I follow, your comment section is the toughest to follow. Maybe because it it not threaded? Not sure, but it is tough tot ell who you are replying to – IMHO

  11. Rowena Post author

    That’s great. There’s plenty more where that came from and my vocabulary is fairly mild-mannered. The Australian Batchelor is on atm and he uses a lot of Australian rhyming slang. I found this link which really is diving in the deep end, but is a lot of fun: http://ozwords.org/?p=6239
    Best wishes,

  12. 4963andypop

    Very entertaining article! Its so fun to see how English morphs, depending on who is speaking it. Or butchering it, depending on your perspective ( definitely not my perspective!). Two ( or three, or twenty)nations divided by a common language…

  13. Brenda's Thoughts

    PP sounds like a wonderful eccentric artist who would do anything for his craft. The broken mirror sounds very intriguing and hints at a deeper story. A very enjoyable read! =)

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