What story does these tell to you?

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  1. nerwin

    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I haven't taken a self portrait depicting emotion in quite some time. I thought this would be something different than my typical photos.

    I wanted to create a series of photos that represents sort of how I feel lately as I struggle with depression and the negative side effects of being addicted to social media but they don't tell the story I wanted. I've never been good at trying to tell stories with photography. Does that mean I'm not a photographer? I'm confused.

    Anyways, I wanted to share them. Use your own imagination on what these photos mean to you, because I don't know what they mean to me now. So I'm kind of wondering when you look at these series of images, what story do they tell? I'd like to know.

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    I really like those. The progression works well, tells a story in detail and the IQ for my tastes is well done. Nice B&W conversion. I like the detailless blacks and whites.
     
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    I like them as a series of images, but I'm not getting "social media" from them. Rather, to me they're speaking of someone who's overworked in the traditional sense.
     
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    I kind of figured that. I suck at telling stories. I'll have to try again...I'll get it someday lol.
     
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    I think I get it. You finally sign up for some social media and it isn't what you hoped ... either you get ripped or others get ripped or you learn things you rather not know ... social media can be 1. alarming, 2. frustrating 3. angst and 4. exhausting.
     
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    I admire your work as a photographer. Why must a photo tell a story? Think of all the great nature photography on this site. And I don’t admire Ansel Adams for the stories his images told. I hope you won’t be critical of your work because it doesn’t meet one of the many goals of photography. When it comes to photos telling stories, the first law of sociology applies: some do; some don’t.
     
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    That escalated quickly! They absolutely tell a story, but like John, I see a story of an overworked employee. The series is still really good, though, so don't sell yourself short. So what if it tells a different story than what you originally started out with? Go with it, learn from it, change it in the future. But, keep these for what they are and "sell" them as that.

    I'm not sure what I'd do to make it social media centric, but it might possibly involve a meal in front of you with you taking pictures of the food, a selfie of you and the food, and then finally getting frustrated and just eating the food and crying? Although, that's probably a bit cliche at this point...
     
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    All photos tell a story ... photography is a form of communication, similar to the written word. Even photos whose intent is not to tell a story ... tells a story.
     
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    Social media has been really hard on me lately. Leaving me feeling inadequate. I just wanted to try and do something different to get my mind off from it and just photograph how I felt, but in reality...all these photos did is make me feel worse about it haha.
     
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    I was trying to figure this out too, and I'm a bit unsure, mostly because I'm a NOT a social-media guy in any sense of the word, but a few things strike me: (1) It should be in colour; (2) it should involve multiple devices, but NOT computers/laptops; and (3) something important (children, family, business, etc) needs to be seen to be put clearly to the side as you deal with a "social media crisis. Or... how about setting up in a "crashed" car, staged accident, blood, etc but still on your 'phone?

    I really like this mono series, but it to me it's a classic portrayal of the over-worked employee rather than social media addiction. You told a story, but not the story you mean to tell, so... you can either (a) re-stage and re-shoot to tell the story you mean to; or (b) go with the new story.
     
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    I guess it's kind of similar how I see photos that speak to me and others that don't.
     
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    So it's not wrong to change the story?
     

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