“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
This week Michelle has asked us to illustrate a story using three photographs – establishing a feel for a place with a “big picture” shot and then zeroing in on some of the more intimate details. As one who approaches travel photography with a similar perspective, the biggest challenge for me this time was to limit myself to the task at hand
“A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.”
Here, I’ve chosen one of the many beautiful temples of Bangkok, Thailand as my subject. The first photograph shows an approach to the temple from Bangkok’s magnificent Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, while the second shows one of its perfectly aligned corridors. The third shot, below, focuses on one of the many icons in the temple’s interior.
“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
The concept of starting big and moving closer works equally well for architecture, landscape, travel and portrait photography. For purposes of this post however, I’ve stayed with a temple theme, here focusing on our recent visit to China and the imposing Sumtsenling Monastery of Shangri-La.
“Stories are like children. They grow in their own way. ”
This time, instead of architecture I’ve focused on some of the monastery’s people. Below, a devotee walking the periphery with his calf, using prayer beads as he makes his way along.
“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”
And finally, a resident monk performing one of his presumably daily duties. Do you think the blue sneakers and funky bead bracelet are his way of expressing his wild inner self ?!
“A well-told story can be magic.”
Photography is a wonderful tool for expressing thought or telling stories, as per Michelle’s challenge. To see how some other bloggers show their world in threes, click here.