I originally took up photography because I figured if I was going to write for a living, I should also be able to take the images to accompany my words. As I've honed both skills, I've learned a number of truths that apply to both skillsets:
- Everyone has a story to tell. Similarly, there is a story in just about everything we see and encounter.
- Simple compositions allow the power of that story to bubble to the surface.
- In contrast, overly complex ones tend to bury the meaning and fatigue the reader/viewer.
- What often appears simple at first glance is revealed to be much deeper upon further observation.
- There is no such thing as mundane.
- Metaphor can be a powerful tool.
- Imagery applies in both a graphical and a psychological sense.
- With that in mind, words can often paint more vivid pictures than the camera can.
- In the end, it's all about connecting with your audience - readers or viewers - in a way that is uniquely meaningful to them.
- Emotional messages can be extremely powerful and life-changing.
- Creative endeavors carry with them an accountability to inspire.
Your turn: Take the time to look, again, at the image above. What do you see when you look more closely at it? What story does it tell?