How Do You Express Yourself?

One of my favorite things about photography is how you can tell a whole story in a single frame. A photograph can tell the joy of people finishing a marathon. A photograph can tell the sadness after a national tragedy. A photograph can show so much beauty in the world. A photograph can even explain so much, in so little.

One of the most amazing things about photographs is how they can trigger an entire range of emotion from an entire range of people, all for the same photograph. Lets use an image of a tank as an example. A little boy could look at this picture and think about how cool the tank is, while a Veteran could have trouble looking at the picture due to the negative memories of war it brings back, or even make the wife of a soldier sitting in a tank right now miss her husband, even if it's a snapshot of a rusty tank sitting in the corner. 

Let's take a look at one of my favorite photographs that I've ever taken. Most of the photograph is pure black, yet what story does it tell to you? To me, it says a lot. It's a picture of loneliness, depression, and sadness. Yet at the same time it's a picture of strength, memories, and overcoming obstacles. 

I took this picture last year when I was going through a rough time, and I didn't really know what to do. I was feeling alone, confused, and wanted to start over. I was tired of school and school work, frustrated with sports, and had some other personal things going on.  I'm not a big fan of showing certain emotions, and I especially hate showing that I'm sad or having a rough time. So naturally, I grabbed my camera. After a little bit of thinking, 10-15 minutes of photographing, and a few minutes of editing this is what I got. For me, I think it captured how I was feeling at the moment pretty well. The other awesome thing about this picture is the fact that I was looking at it early this year and realized my life had completely turned around 180 degrees. I was still irritated with school, I really just wanted to graduate, I didn't really know what I was doing with my life, but I was way happier. The picture meant something completely different, just a few months later. Fast forward to now and it means something completely different yet again. 

Photographs are a powerful thing. There are way more then a thousand words in a photograph. There's a whole novel in one still frame. I tell my stories frame by frame. How do you tell your stories? Dance move by dance move? Note by note? Word by word? Line by line? Something else? Look around you. How many stories are being told without you realizing it? Let me know how you share your stories, or if you find something interesting around you didn't realize there was a story being told!