Built-in cameras in cellphones have made photography a common occurrence in our lives. I like photography, especially travel photography, because photos tell stories: the camera becomes the medium through which I take in what is in front of me and the “black box” that produces the story I want to convey. There have been countless times when that story has not unfolded immediately in front of me , or the person I want to photograph does not want to be photographed. In those instances, photography becomes an exercise in patience: I either have to wait or engage the person to let me take his photograph.
During my most recent trip overseas, I had the privilege of watching a great photographer create stories without having to wait for the story to unfold. Instead, he looked around and chased down the story as it was unfolding while mastering all the technical aspects of great photography. His photos tell many stories at once, whereas mine usually told one single story. What about yours, how many stories do they tell?