My photo book project: The Story

Rio Paria in Huaraz
Rio Paria in Huaraz

This blog brings all the pieces that were discussed in previous blogs on this topic together. First, I discussed the photo book platform Blurb, followed by a discussion about the role of (Graphical) Design and Storytelling with pictures. Now, I show you how I implemented these ideas in Blurb using Lightroom.
Based on what I learned about telling a story with pictures I decided to have another look at the pictures I took. Just looking at the ones that were accepted by Dreamstime would lead to a boring story. I decided to focus on a stroll my family made along Rio Paria in Huaraz in Peru. The pictures I took during this walk were of the type Street Photography. They show the river and the people around it doing their regular activities, telling the story of daily rural life in Peru.
The story with pictures takes you along various activities nearby the river. They are representative for many rural areas. These activities consist of:

  • Transport Peru is an enormous country with few airports and railway station because  of the Andes, so most transportation is done by bus or truck.
  • Construction Most buildings are continuously under construction. So, everywhere you find places where they make clay bricks.
  • Playing Children play everywhere, both in playgrounds and on dirt roads.
  • Gardening Peruvians are very fond of flowers and green grass, even though in the desert climate along the coast this requires a lot of effort.
  • Washing clothes Clothes need to be washed even if you don’t have running water at home.

In the two PDFs at the bottom you see the resulting Blurb photo book: the first one is the cover (front and rear) and the second one is the content of the photo book. As you can see, I chose a simple graphical design: white background, all pictures white framed, few pictures per page. Hope you enjoy it. Please let me know whether you enjoyed My photo book project. 
For me this is just a first step to create a photo book of my last trip to Peru. The walk along Rio Paria will be just a  section in the chapter Huaraz, which will also include my Dreamstime pictures.
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After finishing this blog, I will continue working on my photo book of Peru. Here you may find the latest version.

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.