Imagine Meeting Me

This morning, whilst lying in bed and hoping for some inspiration to find me, I stumbled across this series by photographer Chino Otsuka. The series is called ‘Imagine Meeting Me’. She takes images of herself as a child/adolescent, and inserts herself into the photo as an adult. The results are fascinating.

Not mine. Taken from

Not mine: belongs to Chino Otsuka. Borrowed from

So much of my writing is obsessed with childhood and memory; a friend once told me that my short stories had an ‘almost paedophilic obsession with [my] own childhood’, so naturally, I was delighted to discover these images. I encourage you to take a look through the rest. They’re touching, and very intimate.

I haven’t written any small stones since last week, but as I began to think about photos of me as a child, and wonder which ones I might meet myself in, I ended up writing this:

Imagine Meeting Me

on the rutted muddy paths of Bucknell Wood;

a sprouting weed in wellie boots

and scarlet duffel coat, imagining ghosts

in the dark avenues.

I listen

for woodpeckers

and hunt for bluebells.

I find me,

bright red in the bracken.


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.

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