I’ve been reading Ann Lamott’s guide to writing called ‘Bird by Bird’ over the last few days. It’s an enjoyable read and like Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’ has much food for thought for photographers.
One section describes an approach to getting unstuck that involves writing a letter that describes part of your character’s history, or part of your history. I wonder how many times you’ve tried telling your story or the story of some significant event through photography when you’ve been stuck. I know that I never have but it seems like something that’s well worth doing.
Some great examples of the use of photography for storytelling can be found on a new website called ‘Rear Curtain’. The team managing the Rear Curtain site is looking for submissions found out more here.