You Don't Need Eyes to See, You Need Vision
There are many reasons why I enjoy photography, not the least of which is creating a photograph that has the ability to convey a story to those who view the image that I create. The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true. As a photographer, I strongly believe we should dedicate ourselves to seeking out those hard to find images.
As photographers we often take images that are part of a set or portfolio, but it’s also important to seek out pictures that can stand alone — that invite you in and make you feel like part of one particular story. Our camera is a tool we use to tell that story, to capture not only a moment in time but also to portray emotion, mood, narrative, ideas and a message.
There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling. You can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.
The gift of storytelling is something that doesn’t just happen – the best photographers are those who are intent on learning how to tell their own stories. With practice and above all patience they become skillful and develop a style to create a vision of the world that they see through the lens.