At a recent camera club meeting, we were invited to submit images for critique from on of the judges who does high level competitions. Was a very interesting experience hearing his comments and feedback, but one of the things that he kept talking about was “whats the story behind this image” or “what story is it telling us”.
I found this concept a bit challenging, some images (esp those with people) are actively telling a story, its obvious like the roller derby shot below.
When it comes to nature or landscape images I find it harder to concieve of what the story is. So many of my shots are taken because “I went there and saw this and it was pretty so I took a photo” and I wonder if that literal approach is evident in my work?
Should I be looking for more of a story? Does it make an image have more appeal in some way?
I wonder perhaps instead of a telling story, maybe it could be sharing a feeling or emotion instead? Certainly a lot of my images are taken because they make *me* feel a certain way, but I have never asked this question before, and not really sure what the answer will be.
Do these images tell you a story or make you feel something when you look at them?