How to Tell Stories with your Photography

Next week, I will be away co-facilitating a retreat at Block Island, Rhode Island on “how science meets art.” There will be photographers, writers, and artists, all observing the environmental research being done on this island through BRI – Biodiversity Research Institute. Here, they track songbirds and raptors who stop here on their annual migration and make sure they have the habitat they need.

The question for the week will be how will we tell the story of our own unique response to the research through our photography, art, or writing?

I’ve been exploring how environmental research and issues are being effectively communicated through photography, video, writing/storytelling, as well as other forms of art. While this is a topic that is not new, the methods are constantly and rapidly changing.

For photography in particular, I’ve discovered many ways to share visual stories online. And, I hope to create my personal visual story of the Block Island retreat after I return.


Next Session: Early 2016

Learn about visual storytelling.

* E-book, The Visual Storyteller by Oded Wagenstein ($5).

* Tell Stronger Stories by David duChemin

* Creating a Photo Essay, from Collective Lens

Examples of Good Visual Storytelling

* World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Stories, The Great Barrier Reef

* Chris Jordan, Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption

* Camille Seaman tells a haunting story of climate change through her book, Melting Away.

Tell your own stories. With these sites, you can join and create your own stories using templates.

* Maptia, a world of stories. Mostly focused on places.

* My Album. Curate your own photo album and stories and share with others.

* Medium is an article sharing site, with a special section just for photography articles, called Vantage.

Visual Storytelling Apps

* Steller for iPhone (see example from Sherry Galey)

* Storehouse for iPad (private sharing with family and friends).

* Jeremy Cowart documented the Pope’s visit and edited his photographs through the VSCO app.

How do you tell and share your visual stories?


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Adventures in Seeing – Disappointment


The measure of our courage is the measure of our willingness to embrace disappointment, to turn towards it rather than away, the understanding that every real conversation of life involves having our hearts broken somewhere along the way. ~ David Whyte, Consolations

Whyte speaks of disappointment as an “invitation to reality.” To be a whole person is to not turn away from reality, no matter what it brings. Our hearts will be broken and will experience deep love too.

This week at the Adventures in Seeing Google+ community, we’re depicting and writing about the word “disappointment.” All of our weekly words come from David Whyte’s book, Consolations. Please feel free to join us.


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Looking Down


Where we place our attention determines what we see.

In normal, everyday life we’re often looking straight ahead, intent on what’s ahead and where we’re going next.

Occasionally, we look up – to tree tops, birds flying, cloud formations, blue skies and stormy skies. We might look down occasionally to examine a beautiful leaf or an insect.

When I was at a Miksang contemplative photography workshop in Boulder, Colorado we had an assignment to photograph concrete, that literally changed my view. Since then, I spend a lot of time looking down at the ground beneath my feet.

It’s one way to pause and see what’s right here, right now. I find accidental art – the random way things come together on the ground – as well as an ever-changing canvas of the seasons.

Here are a few things I’ve seen lately.

Try looking down today and see what you find.


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