Telling A Story

Telling A Story

The majority of powerful photographs are the ones that unite both the hearts and minds of the viewer. It is the picture that their imaginations keep returning to, keeps their attention focused, and keeps asking about; the image that touches them on an emotional level; the image that draws them into the image and actually become part of the scene, even if only for a brief while. That engagement is what binds us to the scene of the photograph, it’s what seizes our spirit and won’t let us leave. The image connects on a more personable level.

Now more than ever we need photographs that are touching, empathetic, and full of vision.  We are bombarded by megapixels – beautiful, sharp, megapixels – by the billions. The more photographs that get flung into the world, mostly online, the harder it’s going to be for any single image to connect, to resonate, and to never let go. We need to push past the size of our photographs and create profundity. They will be the images to which we bond, the images that resound and tell us who we are.

Once you’ve got your camera settings figured out, and can competently focus an image, two things the camera can do very well, you need to construct something that has vision.  That is your task and you do it with storytelling.  The image must speak to the viewer; the image must have something to tell.  Without that it is just another snapshot.

Mastering use your camera won’t help you with this. This is the part of the photographic journey that is done with your heart and soul, because it’s the heart and the soul to which we speak on the other side of the photograph.  Don’t get set on the purity of the image.  The right out of the camera pride many have as if this is a major part of photography.


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