Lens-Artists Challenge #176 – One Image, One Story
“Photography is just one tool in a storytelling kit. How an audience understands and feels a story is in your hands.”Shannon Ghannam
This week Ann-Christine has given us a very interesting challenge – to tell a story with a single image. I couldn’t resist starting my post with an image that to me is about as obvious as can be. It’s quite an experience for visitors to our island when they come across one of our resident gators on the tee box. Imagine the stories, memories and photographs (from a distance of course) they’ll have when they get back to their everyday lives!
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”Lewis Wickes Hines
I watched with great amusement as the two birds in the image above negotiated their time in our neighbors’ birdbath. Clearly the large cardinal was bowing to the demands of the female painted bunting and her bathing rituals – sound familiar?!
“It’s not your story, it belongs to your subject. Never forget that.”Edmond Terakopian
Speaking of birds, they are opportunistic creatures, following along with the local shrimp boats hoping for plenty of leftovers. Although the image above, captured just last week, tells their story, I also posted a longer story about the shrimpers and their boats some time ago here.
“Life is about capturing the moment in its beauty and telling a story to every beautiful moment.”Blanca Acosta
The image above is a bit less obvious in its storytelling. It captures a simple chapel, recreated from the original built in 1850 at Middleton Plantation. The chapel was used by slaves as a house of worship. We can only imagine the many prayers that were sent out from this simple room before slavery was abolished and the long road toward equality was begun.
“Some photographs are like a Chekhov short story or a Maupassant story. They’re a quick thing, and there’s a whole world in them. But one is unconscious of that while shooting. That’s a wonderful thing with a camera. It jumps out of you.”Henri Cartier-Bresson
Finally, the story I see in my closing image relates to the passage of time, and the natural evolution which affects us all. As photographers, we find stories everywhere we look. I think Cartier-Bresson’s quote above perfectly describes the art and helps to explain why we so love it.
Here’s to Ann-Christine, who challenges us to think about the stories our images tell, and to the photographers who tell them. Please link your responses to her challenge here, and include our Lens-Artists Tag. We thank Lindy for guest hosting last week with her invitation to focus on our bliss, and as always our followers for your creative and interesting responses. Next week Amy will be leading us into the heart of the holiday season with a “Celebrating” challenge. In the meanwhile, as always, please stay safe and be kind.