What Is a Narrative Photo Essay?

Narrative Photography, Ricardo Palma Narrative Photographer
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What is it?

Selecting a topic

  • In the short time that you were here, what surprised you? Buildings, colors, public art or statues, what people say or do — does anything stand out as surprising, different?
  • What ideas do you find relevant, and important? History, politics, religion, and art in everyday life…. all can be explored in a narrated photo essay.
  • What kind of photography do you like and enjoy? Is it nature, portraits of people, urban space, details, or abstract photography?

Structure

  • Consider how many photos do you want to use, select them well to fit your theme
  • Select your cover photo, add an interesting title to it — both should succeed in communicating your topic, attract the viewer — spike their curiosity and entice them to follow along
  • Balance photos that convey information with photos that convey emotion, a feeling, capture the atmosphere
  • Don’t be afraid to also combine media — include a short video, insert music, combine drawing/painting with photography,…
  • Combine single shots with diptychs or triptychs, action and still shots, distant and close-up shots to create a dynamic and captivating presentation
  • The final photo should further emphasize the main message of your essay, the emotion you wish to leave the viewer with (inspiration, hope, sadness, nostalgia, paradox?)

And finally the platform

Personal Note

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