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How does a picture tell a story?


TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:04AM
Hi fellow Artists,

It seems that I'm not getting quite right with my street shots and in general. That's the feedbacks I'm getting here.

I'd like to know:

1. how does a picture tell a story?

2. does a picture tell the same story to every viewer or is it a matter of perception/choice therefore subjective?

2. can't a portrait (a close up photo of a person facial expression) tell a story?

Regards,

Tony

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mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:47AM
if we knew that we'd all be famous photographers
some people will pick it up, others won't, different people may take a different narrative from it
yes it can

I'm not sure what you are worried about - you have some very good street photos in there.
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:48AM
The more an image is able to make the viewer wonder about what is happening within the image,
making their own interpretation of what is or has happened.
Below is an example where I have tried to create interest in this way:



JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
15 Mar 2013 9:50AM

Quote:does a picture tell the same story to every viewer

No
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:54AM

Quote:The more an image is able to make the viewer wonder about what is happening within the image,
making their own interpretation of what is or has happened.
Below is an example where I have tried to create interest in this way:



Nice photo; beautiful girl!

Creating an interest, I think we all try and do that. I presumed this is a studio setting and you had full control in composing, lighting, framing and had all the time.

In photojournalism or street photography I don't have these luxury.

However, as much as interesting this composition is, I don't know what the story is!?

Thanks for showing an example of your fine artwork.

Regards,

Tony
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
15 Mar 2013 9:56AM

Quote:I don't know what the story is!?

I think the idea is you make up your own story.
15 Mar 2013 10:23AM
I think if you have to ask the question(s), you'll never understand it
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 10:26AM

Quote:I think if you have to ask the question(s), you'll never understand it


Me? I won't understand it?

Well, I'm keen to learn; teach me.Smile

Thanks,

Tony
15 Mar 2013 10:34AM
What i mean is if you have to ask what the story is to see the story in it (or formulate your own story/interpretation from it) then either the image has failed, or you do not have the artistic vision/imagination to see it.

Thats not something that can be taught.

If you turn it on the flip-side: When you read a book, do you picture the characters, events and scenes in your head, or do you require illustrations/need to see the film to visualise it?
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 10:44AM

Quote:What i mean is if you have to ask what the story is to see the story in it (or formulate your own story/interpretation from it) then either the image has failed, or you do not have the artistic vision/imagination to see it.

Thats not something that can be taught.

If you turn it on the flip-side: When you read a book, do you picture the characters, events and scenes in your head, or do you require illustrations/need to see the film to visualise it?



So, I may be lacking artistic ability.

Book (various types) described the topic.

Anyway, what story does that photo tell you? I presume you have artistic abilitySmile

And does it tell the same story to everyone who look at it?

Kindly,

Tony
15 Mar 2013 10:57AM
She could have slipped on the steps and the hand is there to help her up.

She could have been captive in a tower and the hand belongs to her rescuer

She is about to become the victim of a vampire

It could be interpreted in many ways. None of these may be what was intended, but the image has been left open for you to decide
Quote:What i mean is if you have to ask what the story is to see the story in it (or formulate your own story/interpretation from it) then either the image has failed, or you do not have the artistic vision/imagination to see it.




Quote:Book (various types) described the topic./quote]

You misunderstood what i meant. A book can describe a character, a scene or an event, but it is your imagination that puts the pictures in your mind. I could read the same book and my mind creates the images slightly different. Both may be different from what the author had in his/her mind, but the fact that it got your imagination running in such a way that you 'fleshed out' the scene means it worked. An artistic/creative image works the same way, except the image creates the story


iancrowson e2
4 211 129 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 11:54AM
I think it her wedding night but she's not too keen on the groom. He's saying come on which is upsetting her. (you can tell what I've got on my mine)
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 11:58AM
I think Paul has explained very well, both the way it is up to you as an individual, to interpret what you see in an image and the story within(if any),
and the book analogy where you create images in your mind to strengthen the story you are reading.


Quote: I presumed this is a studio setting and you had full control in composing, lighting, framing and had all the time.


The model was photographed in studio -
The background is another image I took, that I added to create a 'scene',
and the hand is mine, photographed when creating the composite image in post-production.
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
15 Mar 2013 11:59AM
She's sniffing a pair of lacy knickers & he wants a go as well.
Well. it's AN interpretation!
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
15 Mar 2013 12:00PM
Every picture tells a different story - depending on who is the viewer! Wink

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