In an interview recorded on his official website, Erwitt declares, “If it turns out to be entertaining what I do, I’m very pleased.But it’s not conscious.” It seems that Erwitt claims to not possess artistic intent in his photographs.A photo essay is very simply a collection of images that are placed in a specific order to tell the progression of events, emotions, and concepts.Used by world class photojournalists such as Lauren Greenfield and James Nachtwey, and Joachim Ladefoged to name a few, the photo essay takes the same story telling techniques as a normal essay, translated into visual images.
It is obvious that the photograph of this church on hallowed ground falls in the ‘deeper meaning’ category.
Now more than ever, the power of storytelling ought to be harnessed.
But telling a story with photos takes more than just a skillful photographer.
If you photograph a birthday party, check out the theme, the decorations they plan on using, what the birthday kid hopes to get for his or her gifts. This does not mean that you manipulate your audience’s emotions. I recommend beginners first start out by creating a “shot list” for the story.
All of these factors will help you in planning out the type of shots you set up for your story. Find the “real story”: After your research, you can determine the angle you want to take your story. Each shot will work like a sentence in a one-paragraph story. Each shot must emphasize a different concept or emotion that can be woven together with the other images for the final draft of the story. You don’t have to be an incredible writer to pull off a powerful photo essay.