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    Default The other side of the "am I a storyteller" conversation (NSFW - language)

    This probably shouldn't have made me laugh as much as it did. He seems quite serious (and opinionated) on the subject of storytelling, and just who is or is not a storyteller. But I guess it's an interesting point of view in the whole "am I a storyteller" discussion... *shrugs*

    My favorite line starts at 0:17 - made me burst out laughing actually. And it's only 2 minutes total, so give it a go.
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    That was fun and interesting! As were the comments below it.

    I have to admit the idea of trying to tell a story with a photo is new to me. It sounds like an idea born from Madison Avenue, from advertising (or possibly from photo journalism)? I know the whole Apple iPad campaign has been "what's your story?" so it's a popular concept- everyone has a story worth telling.

    Which is probably mostly true. But I'm old enough to know that unless it's a phenomenal story, to the point and really well told, no one wants to hear it.
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    There is a bit of merit to what he says, but I think mostly this guy just likes to hear himself talk.

    I do agree that the term "storyteller" is loosely used as a cliche line by a lot of artsy-fartsy wannabe photographers who are trying to come up with some clever blurbs for the About page on their website. Kind of like:

    • I have a passion for photography
    • I feel naked without my camera
    • I love people


    Well no f#$%ing sh!@, Sherlock. That's why you're taking pictures. Try to sound like a professional, not a 14 yr old with their first camera.
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    I do tell stories. They may be a bit off colour, but sometimes people laugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Browncoat View Post
    ...but I think mostly this guy just likes to hear himself talk.
    I think you hit the nail on the head there, sir.
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    I pretty much agree with Sagmeister...
    But I still think every picture should be taken with a specific purpose... something specific to communicate to the viewer.
    Sometimes it's just sharing something most others don't get to see or notice (i.e. wildlife/macros), but then those images are usually just "cool" but not "meaningful/powerful."
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    I used to read my son bed time stories. Does that count?
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    I'm not a storyteller. I'm a life interpreter.
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    I hate to say it, but my Avast virus checker banged when I clicked on this...just sayin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by autofocus View Post
    I hate to say it, but my Avast virus checker banged when I clicked on this...just sayin'
    I'd say it's time for a new virus checker.

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