WEEK 1: YOUR STORY
Visual Storytelling is simply the art of conveying a narrative primarily through images - photos, illustrations and video. Whilst we will incorporate writing into each of our weekly projects, the main impact of what we create will be visual.
This week I am going to ask you to produce a visual storytelling project that tells us something about you. And by doing so we will learn and practice some basic principals of photography and filmmaking.
Capture 4 images that tell us something about you, your family, your home and your health.
Think about what each of these 4 words means to you.
Below are some visual references and some thoughts about them - this should help you think of some ideas for your series of images. You can ask people to help you - especially when you are appearing in the photograph - but make sure you are taking full responsibility for the way each image is created. The one main rule this week is: do not do the first thing that comes into your head - do not take a simple selfie, or line your family members up and click! Think first, be creative and experiment. There is no way you can get this wrong - just relax and enjoy the creative process.
If your smartphone or digital camera also allows you to film video clips, I would also like to ask you do the following:
Once you have taken a photograph that you are happy with, I would like you to film the exact same scene for 10 seconds - to create a living and breathing version of the same image. So, if possible, you will also have 4 x 10-second clips for the theme of you, your family, your home and your health.
>> Please make sure each of your video clips is not longer than 10 seconds as you will need to keep the files at a reasonable size to upload them
Watch the trailer for this incredible documentary that was made entirely from user-generated content. People around the world shared footage that captured a moment in their lives and a glimpse into their world.
This captures the spirit of what we will be doing during these five weeks.
This is an image I took for the Africa Advocacy Foundation. Any image can be interpretted in different ways. During this time when we are all staying at home this image takes on a new meaning. When you are taking pictures and video on the subject of you, your family and home - how might your images be interpretted?
There are infinite ways of telling a story through an images, video, text and audio. Before you create yours - experiment, try to think creatively - push yourself to find different angles and different ways of telling your story.
There is no way you can get this wrong - just try each week to grow as a storyteller.