Take a closer look at photos

If you have a collection of photos but don’t know what to do with them, why not use them as the inspiration for a collection of stories. If you take a closer look at photos you may discover hidden details and information which can easily be overlooked and forgotten. And, it is these details which can be used to transform an ordinary photo into an enduring and memorable narrative. Photos not only tell the story of an event, a place or people, they are also part of our social history.

For some some ideas on how to get started take a look at the following infographics. Simply click on each link to display the infographic.

What’s in the photo?
What’s behind the photo?

Each infographic includes prompts and questions to help you discover more about a photo. Start by choosing a photo you feel inspired to work with and then either print a copy of each infographic and make a note of any answers or ideas you come up with on your printed version or grab a piece of paper, jot down each prompt or question and make a list of everything you can think of under each. If you struggle with any detail then may be a family member or relative could help out.

Once you have gathered all of the information you can about the photo, you can start to think how you could use the information to create a story. The facts and details you come up with can be used as the foundation for your story but don’t be afraid to use your imagination to add more colour and interest.

Don’t necessarily just stick to one photo. For example, you may have another photo or a  collection of photos which are connected in some way—for example, by family, place, period or event.

Need more help?

In my blog How to start writing the stories behind your photos you will find some more tips on how to take a closer look at photos to help you to start writing your stories. For more detailed advice and help, you can buy a copy my eBook How to start creating stories from your photos for just £2.50.

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