Tell Me A Story


Charles Caleb Colton once wrote that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I say this because recently I stumbled into a dramatic photograph of a man holding a book with a thought-provoking caption.  It struck a chord in my mind.

The photograph was taken by Susan Licht and posted on Monochrome:  For Black and White Lovers.  Her work was so intense, I decided to imitate her work with my own.  If you click this link, it will connect you with Ms. Susan Licht’s black and white photograph.

As you all know, photography is all about telling a story.  That’s the goal of every photographer that takes his or her work seriously—tell a story.

Click on the picture to enlarge it and appreciate it better.  Here we go.

My wife Aura posed for this black and white picture. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”Sue Monk Kidd

2 thoughts on “Tell Me A Story”

  1. I’m not sure about the need for every photograph to tell a story. But, I’ve never thought about it at length, so I don’t have any reason to oppose the proposition! But it is interesting to ponder.

    On the other hand, I really like this photo. You never could get this sort of effect with someone reading a Kindle!

  2. Hi There Linda:

    If you think about it, usually every photograph tells a story. Why is this man looking backwards? Is the woman on the bench in love with the man buying icecream at the stand? Is the child sick, thus his pallid face? Why is the house so dark and gloomy? Is the old man a patient or a visitor at the hospital?

    All of these wannabe stories are progressing in the mind of the viewers. The same thing happens with paintings, drawings or sketches. That’s what we do; create all sorts of interrorations to create the stories suggested by the images.

    Omar smiles in response to your remark about the Kindle. 🙂

    Omar.-

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