Stone Soup Magazine: May 2021. Volume 49, Issue 5, 48 pp.
When I saw Emma Tian’s photograph Majesty (this month’s cover image), I immediately knew that it had to be on a cover—not only because it’s an excellent photograph but because its power lies partly in its size. It is a photograph that wants to overwhelm you, to make you aware of the weight of time and history, of the fleeting nature of civilization and the ongoingness of nature—of sky, tree, grass.
Emma took this photograph in the inner courtyards of the Heidelberg Castle ruins in Germany, a castle that was originally built around the year 1225 and then destroyed and rebuilt multiple times before becoming a tourist attraction.
So often, the photos we take as tourists are not artistic: they serve merely as records—“I went there, I saw this.” Emma’s photo, however, says so much more. It is beautiful, of course, but there is also something very eerie about it. Note the clouds in the sky, and especially the dark shadow in the upper right-hand corner: they suffuse the image with a sense of foreboding. The light is a bit strange, as well—too yellow— and something about the shadows the walls cast onto the grass feels “off”—like the light is coming from a place other than I expect.
Take a walk around your neighborhood with a camera ready: can you take a photograph of a structure or place that makes you see it in a new, and timeless, way?
30 The Bakery by Rubina Davila
33 The Trials and Tribulations of Swifty Appledoe (Part Two) by Ariana Kralicek
7 The Fall by Ananya Nigam
13 Awaiting a Letter by Lila C. Kassouf
20 Treason: What’s That? by Kinga Czajkowska
27 Ripples in the Pond by Karen Susanto
Cover: Majesty by Emma Tian
6 Crooked Shadows by Claire Lu
12 Hat Girl by Keira Callahan
19 Bubble by Claire Lu
22 Two drawings from the Kakuma Refugee Camp by Anonymous
26 Rabbit through the Grass by Grace Gorzelany
29 Perspective by Grace Williams
32 Girl in the Sun by Sage Millen
48 Highlights from StoneSoup.com
49 Honor Roll
10 Autumn Leaves at a Funeral by Enni Harlan
11 My heart by Aya David-Ramati
24 Speak by Suhani Pandya