The best photographs often tell a story, whether real or imagined. In our online visual journaling workshop, we practiced telling three types of stories – ambiguous, personal, and documentary (as described in this article from Digital Photography School).
I found the ambiguous (or imagined) story to be quite fun to do. With the photograph below, called Secret Garden, I started to think about who planted the beautiful garden seen beyond the white picket fence. The story evolved from there and I was quite surprised by the ending.
There was a time when I was allowed inside. I cared for this secret garden. As a matter of fact, I planted most of what is still here.
But, that was many, many years ago. Back then, I felt a part of the family. They saw me every day in the garden and stopped to say hello and have a conversation. Sometimes, they would even invite me to take a break and have a cup of tea or cold lemonade with them.
There was lots of laughter and I felt like I belonged. I thought they truly cared for me.
Then, I grew older and couldn’t do the manual labour as well anymore. One day, they gently suggested that it was time for a new gardener. They thanked me for my many years of service.
The new gardener seems to be keeping up well. I only know because I can peep through the fence every once in awhile.
I hope you’ll give this a try with one of your own photographs.