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Hannibal the Cannibal {Dr Hannibal Lecter} ([personal profile] itrhymes) wrote in [community profile] herbgarden 2016-02-04 10:17 pm (UTC)

Of course it didn't occur to her to call. How many times has an American 14 year-old set up their dental or doctor appointments? She probably calls peers when setting up dates to meet, but calling adults isn't in her agenda as something possible or expected. That, at least, is an answer that finally sates him.

But ah, the photos. Hannibal watches her, curious about the book she's stored them in. He watches the cloth cover as she re-situates the book in her hands, while sliding the offered photos off his desk.

The gloss is even higher than the mahogany they were resting on a moment ago, but it does little to raise the brightness of the images themselves. Somber and immediate, they convey their information in the strangely-concise way of black and white film - only shadows, only patches of light. It's also the easiest way to immediately evoke artistry in photos, and is easily - and frequently - abused, especially by youth.

But Hannibal finds that there's not too much scoffing to be had at them. Oh, they're a little contrived, and certainly dramatic, but he's always had a soft spot for both. He looks through them, seriously, as if planning on giving a critique for a newspaper. Halfway through, he glances over at her for just a moment, long enough to establish that he wants her attention. When he speaks, he's studying the photos again. "No hues to get in the way of the message, or to explain it further. It's a limitation that can frustrate or enhance, depending on the subject and message." He examines the back of one of the photos - it's not often he has actual film photographs in his hands. So much of his life is conducted digitally for photos, despite the amount of real, physical paintings and sculptures he surrounds himself with. This is, actually, a fairly new area for him - and perhaps contrastingly, one he only knows through nostalgia. He hasn't held a film camera since his own teenage years.

"I would say you've done a lovely job."

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