It is said that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” and there are times that I agree with this statement and times when I believe the written word can add so much more when giving a story to a picture.
You can add the reaction of our five senses (smells, sounds, feelings, tastes, and sights) and thoughts that percolate up…or that are missing. This gives the picture a more vibrant, vital and immediate perspective and can provide a time capsule for the future when you are gone (we have boxes of old photos with no associated stories) or your memory begins to create alternative storylines (“this was taken when we….uh…were…you know I just don’t remember”).
So how can I make pictures stand out more without adding words and stories?
- Taking LOTS of photos and culling out those that do not express the moments well.
- Adding captions to the photos.
- Combining photos in a storyboard fashion by creating collages, mosaics or montages of events as they happen.
- Creating a mini-photobook or a “painting” using the photographs capturing the event and time spent.
My personal favorite and the “simplest” is to create photo collages. For this, I take a bunch of photographs, make small edits when necessary, and then group photos that will give myself and others a flavor of the moment. These collages can then be used to create a mini-photobook capturing a time period, person or activity.
So easy. The only thing “missing” is adding a date so there is a chronological perspective to the created collages.
Now, if I can just figure out how to add the five senses to those collages…