Do you dread having to write about your photographs or avoid having to do it altogether?
You are not alone. When I am entering competitions or exhibitions, I try and skip the part that asks for a description of the image or come up with some random sentences which ultimately do not say anything at all.
Here are some questions to ask to yourself when writing about your photography:
- What led you to take the photograph?
- What is it about?
- Did you plan it or was it spontaneous?
- Where there any ‘unusual’ circumstances behind the image?
- Where and when was it taken?
And it goes without saying; remember to check your spelling and grammar!
It’s a skill worth learning and it is an important part of exhibiting your photography because people are intrigued about the story behind the image and if the viewer has a connection with the image, it enhances their visual experience.
This struck me at one of our earlier Festivals when I noticed a man looking intently at an image and he kept returning to the image several times during his visit, clearly struck by the subject matter. I went over to talk to him & he said that he’d visited the memorial pictured in the image (it was taken in Washington). The image also contained the reflection of a young man reading the names on the memorial and I went on to explain that the young man was the photographer’s finance who was tragically killed not long after the photograph was taken.
The man was silent for a moment and then said; ‘Despite the sad circumstances, I am pleased I know that because it has made the image even more special and powerful to me’
© Amanda Webster