How a Story is Told

I feel that all art consists one basic thing: a story (or a why). To tell this story you need three more basic things: a subject (what), technique (how), and style (how again). For an effective piece, each of these components should be the result of  a conscious decision.

Subject

In photography the subject is usually pretty clear; it’s what you are taking a pictue of. The subject should be obvious when looking at a photo, but not every photo has a clear subject. That’s where many snapshots are lacking. When you casually snap a photo of a scene in front of you, your eye might know where to look, but the eye of an objective viewer may not. The subject may be where most of your story is. A clear focal point will draw the viewer in and put them into whatever story it is that you are trying to tell. How is that subject made more clear? Technique and style…

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Five Minutes from Home

The Project:

Five minutes from home

What you need:

A camera (film or digital) and a stopwatch

What to do:

Stand at the front door of your building, home, or place of work. Start your timer and walk 1min in any direction away from your building. At 1 min pause the timer and take a photo. Take your time and try to get an interesting shot. Start your timer again and head out another minute. Do this five times so that you’ve documented a five minute path from your home.

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