It’s one of those rare things in life–you wake up early in the morning before the rooster crows, make your way to the shore, bait and drop your traps and begin collecting them–taking your fresh catch home for an evening steam.
I do a lot of work with story in my job and life–and I’ve always considered myself a writer first and visual expressionist second–and recently started learning how to take better photos by looking for photos that have story attached to them. And then weaving them all together to create overall story.
I love this approach–it forces you to curate a little more, and you can also find more heart in your photos.
Think about how often you could use photo essays…and you’re probably already capturing beginning-to-end family and vacation moments. Maybe you capture more process shots. Maybe you shoot for candid moments instead of posed. Whatever it is, focusing on story can elevate your photos to a whole other level.
Now that I’ve started, I’ll never be able to go back to the old habit of snapping sporadically posed shots of smiling faces where I judged artistic expression whether everyone was in the centre of the frame….
On a recent trip home I went crabbing with my parents. We used to go when I was young, and it was interesting to see how things have changed since then and become a lot easier. One thing hasn’t changed–the fact that my mom is better than everyone else at pulling traps.