When I shoot photos on walks with my husband, he’s often surprised by my results. He claims that we walked the same path, but I brought back details he didn’t see.
In both photography and storytelling, value is often in the details. Take a look at this month’s photo.
Both ice and thorns are commonplace and easily overlooked. But when a photographer looks closer, an entire world is revealed, full of shapes, depth, bubbles, contrast, and shadows. A photo like this reveals as much as it obscures, and it’s way too easy to seek out the big, panoramic pictures – and stories – rather than illuminate the details that speak volumes.
I’m certain that everyone brings their own perspective to stories, and that by slowing down to notice those perspectives, you serve yourself and others more fully. On the chilly February day when I photographed this, I became captivated by the play of bright sunshine on ice and how that ice was captured in branches and dormant greenery. The more I looked for it, the more I was able to see.
Trust yourself – and your perspectives! They are unique and valuable, and others will learn more about you when you share them.
Want to see this photo up close? Check out the Victor Farmington Library through February, 2016.