When I read the description of most photographers’ websites, I see them describing themselves as storytellers. In certain genres, like photo journalism, this makes sense. But how do you tell a story with one landscape image. In this video, Colby Brown gives his take on storytelling and goes a long way towards answering my question.
In my 14 years as a photographer I’ve spent most of my time doing landscape, travel, or architectural photography. Most of the time, these genres do not lead themselves to storytelling in the traditional sense, especially if you’re only referring to a single image rather than a series. When I saw other photographers in these genres refer to themselves as “creative, innovative storytellers”, the cynical part of me thought, “oh, they’re using storyteller as marketing talk, just like the previous two words”.