Photography and storytelling, is it possible? Part 1

Storm Warning - from  Signposts Up Ahead

Storm Warning - from Signposts Up Ahead

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

In photography, telling a story is not an easy undertaking! For some, narrative photography doesn't actually exist, but for now, let's focus on telling a story in a way that might help move the art of photography forward. 

We're currently working on a new series titled Signposts Up Ahead. When conceptualizing what we wanted to discuss with viewers, we hashed out a narrative that was simple enough to create, but rich enough to contain some potent ideas.  

The narrative to Signposts Up Ahead is a young couple, romantically involved, decide to take a "road" trip. That is the gist of the concept. The story is more specific: the protagonists have decided to set off on a journey. Along the way they encounter events that many viewers may have come across in their own lives. They are on a journey to the land of imagination where the signposts are incidents in their journey. The title of our series comes from a TV show called The Twilight Zone and the opening narration to the show forms an allusive underpinning to our series.

But, a single photograph, unless set up well, does not in and of itself, tell a story. It may present a frozen moment of something that has happened, a hint of a narrative, but the information necessary to have a story unfold is missing. The sequence of connected events that allows those events to become the story, is absent from the single photographic image. The photographer is limited in portraying a sense of movement through time, in a single image. In this series, we set out to explore possible solutions through various clues, repetition of elements and reoccurring characters as is consistent with storytelling.


Next up, a story unfolds!

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