Every Photograph Should Have a Story Behind it!

As the title suggests, every photograph that you take should have some type of story behind it. Now what type of story it is that you’re telling or if others will understand the story immediately is a different thing. Of course, we don’t want to blindly photograph absolutely everything, randomly clicking snaps everywhere without a second thought. There has to be something more behind it. Are you documenting your journey? Are you telling a story? Is there something special about the scene or subject that you want to express to others? Answering these questions sometimes can be a real challenge.

For a lot of my photography here in Seoul, South Korea, I’m mostly documenting ordinary life. I’m not trying to tell an exceptional story with each and every photograph. But as a body of work, with a complete look into a group of my photographs, you can hopefully begin to see the bigger view, of life in Seoul. That is the effect I hope to have. I hope you can see the beauty I see as I journey and explore the culture and life here.

Some of my images may seem very ordinary at times., but I hope they help tell a complete story of this day and age in Korea. Today, I wish to share just one image. Maybe it’s mundane. Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Settings: 35mm, 1/100sec, f/8, 1600ISO (Shot with Canon 6D Mii + Canon 35mm f/2 Lens) Seoul, March 2022.

You might be thinking, ‘what in the world is this photo?’, ‘what’s special?’. It’s a photograph with a simple idea behind it. When I came to South Korea, one thing that really surprised me was the webs of telephone lines and wires all over the place in each and every direction on most side streets and alleyways. It’s often like a big mess with no logical orderliness. Since this is something that initially stood out to me, I now document that in my Wired Seoul Collection. The image generally takes some time to create. The subject is above, so I have to really examine the composition and adjust the camera to get the best possible angle for the photograph incorporating the wires, signs, buildings, and signs. This series is a simple one, but I feel it challenges me creatively with each image!

I would love to know what photo projects you have started! Please, let me know in the comments.

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