All my life I’ve searched for him – elusive, different, nearly extinct, magnificent.

Click. Upload. Now he’s poised on the snow-covered ledge above me.

Click. Upload. His sturdy body, with grey rosette spots, is framed by an impossibly blue sky.

Click. Upload. He crouches, preparing to jump. I await my masterpiece – this proud and glorious creature leaping into eternity.

Click. Upload. He launches himself into space. I capture his blue eyes, the avalanche tumbling behind him, his fear. He sees no fear in me. Soon we will both be swallowed up. But these photographs will bring us immortality.

Click. Upload. Click …

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

What a nice description with relevance to photography. Using the phrase “click, upload” makes it more captivating, which brings me to the scene.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago
Reply to  Fuji

You’re welcome.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hello Fuji, I’ve read this twice, three times now, and I must confess that I have to ask – is she/he talking about inner courage? And I’ve just gone back to read again. I’ll look forward to your reply, but if it is a case of the reader finding/reading their own interpretation, then of course you do not need to answer.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Fuji, this was such a bittersweet story. Your protagonist finally sees and captures photos of this magnificent creature, just for both of them to not survive the encounter. The lines “click, upload” adds a lot to keeping the reader on track of what exactly is happening when. This was well told.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

This made me think of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. A photographer in that was trying to get that shot of the elusive snow leopard too. Such a majestic beast. It takes some dedication to your craft to risk dying for it!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago
Reply to  Fuji

I only saw the film, but could definitely identify with the character. I’m for ever drifting off into imaginary worlds.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Thanks for another wonderful story, Fuji. With your way of describing the situation and the photographer’s thoughts, it is possible to imagine that his dedication goes as far as you suggest.
At first, I thought that he would be a future ice man, an Ötsi, who would be found in 5,000 years with his camera and pictures intact. But luckily, as you explain, his pictures are sent to iCloud, where they can be found and be immortalized with him and the snow leopard.

David Drew
David Drew (@david-drew)
7 months ago

What a great device. Click upload. Very effective! And the ending was unexpected. Lovely piece of work Fuji!

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
7 months ago

The animal being photographed sounds like a beautiful animal. I really liked the repetition. It gave a great effect to the story. Well done Fuji!

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