aral Posted April 28, 2009 Share Posted April 28, 2009 <p>Why do photographers, especially experts, always talk about telling a story with the image? Isn't this a faulty use of language?<br />An image can't tell a story. It can show a situation, perhaps even an intriguing situation. The image may evoke that the <em>viewer</em> tells <em>himself </em>(or herself) a story, but it's the viewers story, not the story image tells.<br />I think this misuse of language is most unfortunate. Like when I was an absolute beginner I have always been confused with the concept that I should tell a story with the image. I simply can not. I can perhaps present unusual, even emotional situations, surprising views of landscape, etc. but I can't tell a story with a photo.<br />I expect that due to their insight experts would explain concepts in as precise way as possible. It may not be the precision of mathemathical teorem, but using tricky language is certainly not helping the clarity.</p> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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