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Gallery Forty-Eight: Telling stories with pictures



The art of telling a story in pictures is directly linked to expressive photography. As I’ve noted at the beginning of this cyberbook, expressive imagery is usually abstract, incongruous and represents human values we all can understand and relate to. When we tell a story with a picture, or with a group of pictures, we usually fuse elements of abstraction and incongruity in order to convey an experience rooted in human values.

I am actually telling stories with my pictures throughout this cyberbook. It is just the way I express myself. I am, both by training and nature, a visual storyteller. My roots are in photojournalism, which is just another word for story telling. Historically, story telling is an oral or written process. But with the advent of photography, film, and television, visual story telling has rightfully taken its place as a medium of expression. It is what I do.

In this gallery, I offer specific examples of travel images that focus on story telling. These stories are non-linear. They do not attempt to offer viewers a beginning, middle or end. Instead they interpret the facts of a story in an abstract and incongruous way in order to express those essential human values we want our viewers to understand and appreciate. If I can create empathy, and let the viewer identify or vicariously live through what I experience as I make my images, all the better. What I am doing is practicing the art of visualization – by making an image that triggers emotion and thought, the viewer can not only view my image, but also see images in their own mind’s eye that may go well beyond my own. Story telling is actually a process that continues within the viewer’s own imagination, allowing them to make their own stories out of mine.

I launch this gallery with a selection of such images, photographed in Singapore, Malaysia and China. I hope to add more examples from images made on my future travels.

I present this gallery in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.