Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Parasol

[This drabble was a part of the project that the Burrow mounted in collaboration with Castle Galleries, Cardiff in December 2008.]

Evening gown, stilettos, upswept hair, and... an umbrella? Could any composition ever be more incongruous?

She was told it was a parasol. Bollocks. Parasols were meant to keep out the sunlight – this one was perfectly angled to reflect the studio lights onto her shoulders.
She tried telling them they had to shoot outdoors, that nobody ever opened their parasols indoors.

She was just a model, she was told. She knew nothing of advertising.
True. But she had common-sense. Would people not rather buy an umbrella if the advertisement had the model splashing through puddles in a mac and wellies?
drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Image credit - The Parasol, Mark Spain


Mason Canyon said...

A very good story and the model is so right. Always enjoy your drabbles.

Thoughts in Progress

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Cute story about never letting common sense interfere with business.

Kittie Howard said...

Cute story! If Mark Spain made me look that good holding an umbrella, I'd buy a dozen!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What I truly like most about this story is how well you express the assumption that this model can't think and has no brains. How frustrating, and you do a wonderful job of making us question what we think we believe.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I love how believable your voice in this one was-spectacular. (And an amazing picture, even if a little impractical. :))

Jan Morrison said...

what a dear story! I love how your mind works.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She's the smart one.
And if she were outside skipping through puddles in a tank top and short shorts, I'd buy an umbrella!

Holly Ruggiero said...


Great drabble today.

Ellen aka Ella said...

Smart n' sassy drabble, loved it!
Common sense isn't so common~

David L Macaulay said...

love the blog and the fact you are a 'recovering banker' - will definitely follow.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mason - the model is right, isn't she? Thank you.

@ Susan - absolutely. Common sense should win out all the time.

@ Kittie - I am sure you look that good even now.

@ Margot - thank you. That is exactly what I was trying to convey, and I am glad I could.

@ Oddyoddyo13 - thank you. And yes, that picture is a little weird.

@ Jan - thank you. Mari had a much better drabble to the same picture, BTW.

@ Alex - as would many others, I am sure.

@ Holly - but Alex is right, don't you think?

@ Ellen - common sense is not as common as you would think. Rather uncommon actually.

@ David - thank you for following. And when I have time to breathe, I am paying you a visit. Anyone with whom recovering banker resonates is someone I should be following.


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