This week, be a visual storyteller.

Stories, sisters, and strawberries. Photo by Jen H.

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

Photos are remarkably multi-purpose. They can be informational, instructional, or historical. They can be created for pure artistic pleasure, or for decoration. My favorite kind of photograph, though, is one that tells a story. A single image can encompass what would otherwise require a long written narrative — the characters, the setting, even the plot.

In this photo, my eldest’s protective arm around her sister establishes them as people with an emotional bond. The background of the image places us in a rural setting. Their active postures convey movement. They were exploring a farm where we were picking strawberries. Can you see the story?

Stories, sisters, and strawberries. Photo by Jen H.

Though a single image can tell a complete story, adding photos to a series can even further expand upon a narrative.

For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography. As always, I’m excited to see what you all share.

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  1. When I told the man behind the ticket counter where I was going, he looked a little bit amused.

    “Haworth? Nothing much to see. It’s a waste of your time and money.”

    I assumed he was only kidding, of course.

    Haworth is a little village in West Yorkshire, England. It has been one of my dream destination fueled by a constant fascination with the Brontës, most especially Emily Brontë.


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