TAOP: Part 5 – Narrative and Illustration: Narrative – Project Introduction
September 15, 2012
In photography, narrative is the way of telling a story through a set of pictures – which is usually easier than telling a story in an individual picture. It is essentially a picture essay – and can contain anything from three or four photographs to a dozen, or more.
This treatment is best suited to subjects that are made up of several parts, or events that have a sequence of things happening. e.g. a workplace and activities might be the first kind, a wedding the second.
The first step is to plat the story – and not necessarily with reference to possible photographs. The course uses the example of the Lord Mayor’s show and talks about the preparation for this:
- when – key times, dates.
- where – key locations and activities, the route. scouting to find good vantage points and checking they’ll be accessible on the day
- who – the people involved, costumes, etc.
- what kind of shots to expect or hope to get.
- establish a variety of shots – vertical/horizontal – different scales, lighting, colour and application of other photography techniques.
- create a ‘picture script’ to help remember the pictures expected.
The exercise for this section is to complete a narrative picture essay. I’ll be second photographer at the wedding of friends next week – so I’ll complete this exercise then – with some planning beforehand, of course!