Telling stories with your photos

Posted: February 20, 2016 in Uncategorized
Many times I read photographers that talk about telling a story with an image. I do get that concept and think it’s a good idea, but it is not something that I ever think about when I’m lining up a subject to shoot.
Maybe in macro there are not as many stories to tell in our images.
When I view all my images I don’t see very many stories.
Maybe with other styles of photography it’s easier to find and tell a story within the image.
I wonder when you have an image that tells a story, how many people are really able to see a story or are even looking for a story in the image.
I think photographers tend to look for a story because they have been taught that concept, but I wonder how many non photographers are able to see the story or even look for one.
I guess I really don’t worry about trying to tell a story with my photos, I just hope that the people viewing them find the subject matter and the composition appealing.


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  1. Once again, I agree with you Mike. The ‘telling a story’ idea may have come about through a sort of insecurity about straightforward compositions etc being a bit boring to the viewers. I guess it’s looked on as a way of relieving that. But, as you say – a story isn’t always there, so we have to make our images count in other ways, Eileen

  2. gkohn says:

    Mike, I agree that a single macro shot is hard to get a story out of, but that may not be the case if it is part of a series of photos: for example, you may have an environmental shot, then zoom in closer for details.

  3. says:

    Some poets write what is called ekphrastic poetry, that responds to art. One of the most famous ekphrastic poems is “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” by John Keats. There is even a literary journal that publishes such poetry,”Ekphrasis.”

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