What Do YOU Want to Say?
When we work with inanimate objects, rocks, buildings, planes, the life they take on in our photograph comes from us. We can opt for the simple, “it was here, I saw, you see” photograph. From those words, is that what you want to say in your photograph? Or you can strive for the “oh man was it here, I took it in and now YOU see” kind of photograph? How can you take these simple words and make them powerful words in light and pixels? That is the challenge every genre of photography presents us every time we pick up a camera. My favorite way to break the ho-hum barrier is storytelling.
I understand many have a visual, conceptual, mental and emotional difficulty with this idea let alone executing it at the camera. In getting through this challenge you’ve got ask yourself what it is you want to say? If you were writing a story about the one subject, how would you describe it in 1500 words? Could then cut that down to just one paragraph? Could you then shorten it to just one sentence? How about to just one word? You might simply do that exercise because it will help you tell that visual story. There is really only one thing different between these two photographs and that’s the sky. Oh, it’s the same sky other than one communicates a better day and the other an ominous day is coming. And that change in the story is simply a color. Since the subject is a weapon of war, the power of that color or lack there of is pretty powerful in the story to be told. Moving your photography forward takes so much from deep down inside of us, you might start by simply asking yourself, what do you want to say?