The article I chose Everyday Storytelling Through Photography is another “how to” type article for using photography to tell your story.
Much like all other advice for creating your story, the author recommends making a plan. From a photography standpoint, this means thinking about 4 types of photographs: wide, atmospheric, details, and portraits. Essentially it’s all about what images have some sort of memory inducing quality, whether it’s the setting, details, or a person, that’s what you will focus your photography on.
The second piece of advice is to be present. The author stresses that photography shouldn’t take the place of the experience, it should go along side of it. This totally makes sense. If you spend too much time taking photos, then you are capturing a memory of something you really aren’t experiencing.
The next step is to tell you story. You do this by going through your photos and selecting the ones that elicit a memory or a feeling.
This is a very short and simple article, but provides some good advice for using photos to tell your story.
This article is an excerpt from a class on this topic. You can access the class here Lifestyle Photography:Everyday Storytelling in Photo & Print
At this point, I’d like to highlight another article I was reading through – Storytelling Photography Considered Harmful. I was originally going to write about this article, but found it to be a bit in the weeds for me. The basic premise of the article is that photography, by itself, is not a proper tool for storytelling because it cannot accurately depict a narrative (or rarely does so without some type of manipulation), where a narrative is a se. Part of the problem with using a photograph to tell a story is the lack of context. The viewer tends to fill in that context based on their own experiences. This means that the story isn’t really being told, but being perceived. The author used the example of the V-J Day in Times Square. Just looking at this picture doesn’t really tell the details of why this sailor is kissing this woman. One person might view it as a romantic gesture while another might see it as sexual assault. So, the author points out that photographs need context in order to tell their story. I bring this up because as I think about my final project, I plan to use photographs, but I’ll also want to use text to help tell the story behind the photographs.