Photo As Narrative

In today’s session we focused on looking at how images can tell a narrative, whether it be explicit or implicit. The day was really insightful into our ongoing Pictorial Metaphor project. I learn about using subtle ways to show your story which makes images look more sophisticated or thought-provoking. This inviting the viewer to an internal conversation, ‘what is this piece about?’ ‘what is it trying to say?’.

Who Are They?

Our first task was to interview a peer and photograph a portrait of them. This would have to give a sense of the person, overall the image being explicit in nature. I was paired with Anna, we spoke about her interests and dislikes. She mentioned she loved nature and experiencing new things. I thought about putting her in front of wooded background to show her love for adventuring outside. Although the contrast in the picture was far to extreme and she was wiped out by the light. Anna also mentioned she was quite shy in character. This led me to think about obscuring her face as if she’s hiding. There was plants close by that she had mentions were very pretty, so I asked her to hide behind them. In one shot she was peering from behind it, I thought this really portrayed her shyness but with her sense or curiosity. Overall i think she looks natural and herself in the picture. On the computer I adjusted the colour and contrast to make it have a green tint, this showing her underlining love for nature.

Anna's Portarit


Our second task of the day was to ‘discuss the visual content and its relationship to the context of the articles within the printed pages’ of The Guardian. The Guardian is an educated 18+ targeted magazine, most the issues within were of a political nature. I’ve choose a range of images from world news, politics and sport to show the range of important issues covered. There was a mixture between implicit and explicit images although all were relevant, to some extent, to the article. The exercise taught me how newspapers use images to interest or bring attention to certain articles they want to publicise. Some images were in pages where the article was not, only there as advertisement for another article. Its clear which ones they want you to read and which you ‘should’ be interested in.

The Guardian Mindmap



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