My photo book project: Storytelling with Pictures

Little boy in Huaraz
Little boy in Huaraz

This is a continuation of previous blogs on My photo book project. After discussing the Blurb platform to create and publish a photobook, I realized that I needed more knowledge of (graphical) design to make an attractive album. This resulted in the following challenge:

How to translate the emotions that are attached to the story I want to tell into a graphical form such as an album. 

Based on that I decided to look at Storytelling to bring across the emotions I experienced.
In the past, when I told a story it tended to be abstract. In my professional life as a scientist I have learnt that by making a story personal and concrete it is easier to bring the message across and easier for my audience to repeat the essence of the story to others.
By making it more personal it becomes authentic and by making it concrete it simplifies the story. By showing emotion, for example happiness or sadness, people feel connected and are open to receive the message behind the story.
The next step is Storytelling with Pictures. Like every story it should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is also nice to introduce one or more characters. So, if you want to tell a story about a family trip:

  • first show some pictures while your family is preparing for the trip to a nearby river,
  • then some pictures of the essence of the trip, including specific details, like faces of your children enjoying swimming in the river, and
  • end with some pictures showing how your children felt after returning from the trip.

Learning all this, I realize now that I have to rethink the selection of pictures I had in mind for the album. My starting point was to take the pictures of Peru that had been accepted by Dreamstime. They are of high quality, however, they together do not tell a story. In a next blog I will tell you about finding the right pictures for the story I want to tell.
Above a picture that would never be accepted by Dreamstime (insufficient quality and lack of model release). It was taken while walking along Rio Paria (tributary of Rio Santa) in Huaraz in Peru. It will be part of the story about Huaraz.