Photographs by our student Malavika Shekhar was published recently on PhotoVogue an online photography platform, part of Vogue Italia. We take pride in her early milestone. This prompted us to write this post on visual storytelling. Before that take a look at the images by Malavika along with her comments on its making.
And now back to our post on visual storytelling.
We all love stories, to tell them, to hear them, most of all to see them.
You would have noticed that even as we narrate our stories orally or through writing a visual image forms in our mind before being translated into words. So, this concludes that we are all visual people.
At The One School Goa we believe that a photographer who can consistently tell a WHOLE story in 10 frames is good, in 5 frames is better, in 3 frames is best and in each and every frame is a master. Mastering the art of visual storytelling is one of the main tenets of the learning process adopted by The One School Goa and is a compulsory subject in the 3 Year Integrated Photography Program and the 1 Year Professional Photography Program.
For a photographer, the art of visual storytelling is not so much about the gear or the technical specs it is about the framing that takes place in the screen of the mind. It is about ‘awareness’, can he see a story happening in the background, the foreground or maybe inch of a nudge to the left or right of the viewfinder. It is about the culmination of the knowledge and past experience that works subconsciously while being ‘in-the-moment’.
Someone very famously said “I really admire visual storytelling that shows you what’s happening, instead of tells you what’s happening”, in other words, your photograph shows what’s happening – the drama just unfolds in the viewer’s mind.
Make visual storytelling your forte – the differentiator.
*More about PhotoVogue Italia:
PhotoVogue is an online photography platform. Launched in 2011 and part of Vogue Italia – which is owned by Condé Nast Italia – it allows upcoming photographers to showcase their work. It also gives them the chance to have their photos published in Vogue or be picked by photography agencies. Each picture that’s submitted is carefully reviewed by Vogue Italia’s editorial staff, who ensure only the highest quality images appear online.