I thought we would go for a minimalistic challenge this week – a good excercise, but I know you as I know myself… So, that doesn’t mean you must only use one, single image…I am sure you have several stories to share! Pick one or two, maybe three? As long as you use only one image for each (possible) story you have captured.
What is a photo story? Some photos are staged, or taken just for their story, and some stories come up first when you see your photo on the screen. A lot of photographic storytelling involves capturing shots of interesting scenes and phenomena that cannot easily be explained through words. These photos either tell the story of an interesting person or persons/animal or animals, or maybe occupy a human rights or awareness angle by depicting the plight of people in poverty-stricken or war-torn places. There are so many stories to capture…and to tell – we are looking forward to seeing some of yours!
I have chosen three different stories. The opener is a staged image at an exhibition of painted (artist Martin Jacobsen) back drops from a famous Swedish play: Queen of F*cking Everything, starring Jonas Gardell. Here Jacobsen uses landscapes in a dialogue with art history and popular culture. We easily recognize the Disney castle and the beautiful Swan Lake hint.
Standing close to a theatre back drop is indeed awe inspiring, just the size of it, and I always wonder how an artist can paint at such a large scale and get the perspective right. Be it in churches, street graffiti or elsewhere. I guess that is what the people in this image are expressing too.
The above image is from an outdoor exhibition in Denmark, where a big ring was set in the grass, and children were happily jumping in and out of it. – Suddenly the ring started sending out smoke (smoke-rings, haha…), which got parents (and me…) swinging up their cameras. An ordinary thing doing extraordinary things… this had to be immortalized!
Next week, December 4, Amy will be your host, and her theme will be Celebrating. Be sure to visit her on beautiful The World is a Book.
Wishing you a lovely weekend and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.
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The way you phrase this is so true: “A lot of photographic storytelling involves capturing shots of interesting scenes and phenomena that cannot easily be explained through words.” A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. I really like your opener photo of the staged image at an exhibition of painted (artist Martin Jacobsen) back drops from a famous Swedish play: Queen of F*cking Everything!
Here’s my “One Image, One Story_ offering:
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Well, I’ve finally put something together: https://suejudd.com/2021/12/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-176-one-image-one-story/
And they really are something, Sue!
Yay! Thank you!
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Guess I’m stuck on birds right now! Hope you are well and enjoying the snow. Just cold here with king (spring) tides predicted this week-end. Cheers!
Cheers and thank you, Lindy!
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the smoke coming out of the ring is very unique and I like so much of the story in the photo with it.
I am glad!
And such a great theme – hope you have a nice week ahead
Thank you, Yvette! You too!
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Great challenge idea! Thanks for the inspiration.
Here is my one photo that tells a story: Solitude in the Great Smokey Mountains:
And yours is a great story – thank you for sharing it!
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https://storiesmiracles.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/for-lens-artists-ann-christians-challenge-176-one-image-one-story-unique-story-album/ Thank you for the most involving and meaningful challenge.
Thank you for your kind words, Anjum.
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Here are five photos telling five different stories:https://judydykstrabrown.com/2021/12/01/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words/
Thanks for the prompt!
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Thank you – I enjoyed every one of them!
Hi Leya. I am just now looking at photos that I may use, and needed to refresh my understanding of the challenge. You have explained it very clearly. Thank you. Stay safe!
You too! Looking forward to seeing your captures!
I have just spent time reading though some of the bloggers you inspired this week. Wow! Great representations this week. Donna
I am glad you think so too – I am amazed!
What wonderful photos especially the couple surrounded by the leaves. Here’s mine, https://tblsite.me/2021/12/01/lens-artists-176-one-image-one-story/
Thank you, Lily! Glad you liked the old couple too!
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Hi Ann Christine, I hope I found some photos for your challenge.
I am sure you did!
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Some beautiful images for an interesting theme, Ann-Christine. I like the smoke ring and the story behind the tunnel of leaves.
Thank you, Sue. My favourites as well.
here’s my entry for the challenge: https://photopoeme.wordpress.com/2021/12/01/photo-haiku/. 🙂
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your theme is a good reminder as to how to frame our shots sometimes in the unwritten sense. The ‘smoke ring’ photo says so much – as does the couple in the late Autumn of their lives!
I too have a couple..
Thank you, Laura, true. And that old couple I was so grateful to meet.
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Here I am, Ann-Christine. And as it happens, i even have an image here for you to share with Bushboy: https://margaret21.com/2021/12/01/mystery-stories/
LOVE IT Margaret!
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These are fun photos . I love seeing this older couple walking through pathway..so happy. Thanks for this idea.
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Thank you for this challenge, Leya, this is exactly how it goes – I see an image and a story develops in my head. This is how it is when it happens 18 times. 😀 I’ll be most glad to see how others do it.
You are the master of stories, Manja! And you managed two less than 20!
Thank you!!! Only because you set the limit to three. 😉
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I love the simplicity of your challenge for this week! Your smoke ring image is indeed extraordinary. And your capture of the couple in the glen framed by the tunnel of leaves is magical.
Here’’s my Great Blue Heron story for this week’s challenge:
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Some nice examples for your challenge. It’s an interesting prompt that made me think:
Thank you – something for everyone I think. Nice job, David!
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A wonderful installation with the smoke, but I definitely love the photo of the old couple from afar. ❤️ Here is mine https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2021/11/30/one-photo-one-story/
Teresa, I think the old couple is the winner here, glad you liked it.
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Oh this is a challenge indeed. I love your examples, especially the last one
Thank you – I thought it would be a challenge, because i felt it myself…Thank you for liking the examples – the last one is special to me.
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The smoking ring makes an amazing photo. The photo of the old couple makes for a wonderful invitation to their story.
Thank you -sometimes there are lovely surprises on the road!
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That last picture is so beautifully framed by nature, Ann-Christine! Here’s my contribution this week: https://bendbranches.com/2021/11/28/knowth-fiction-facts-lapc-ttc/
Thank you – yes, seeing the two of them was a great surprise too.
Hi, AC. Your theme this week was marvelous! Such a creative idea. And your images are equally wonderful, along with their stories. I love the shot you took of the couple in the forest. I feel like it’s something out of a fairy tale. Just beautiful. And the smoking circle must have been such a thrill for grownups and kids. I also told the story behind 3 mysteries. Again, thanks for the inspiration and have a great week.
So glad you like the theme, Patti! Thank you. And the old couple was a dream to meet out there.
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hi a. c., a wonderful selection of photos that you introduce us to the theme, I like them very much.
here is my contribution to this challenge week,
best regards robert
I forget my link to the article https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3Yw.
many greetings robert
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Interesting photos to illustrate the challenge this week. I am already thinking about some of the stories I can find buried in my own images. Great challenge idea.
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Lovely photos and interesting stories, Ann Christine, especially that last one. This was quite a challenge for me as I tend to flood my posts with images, but it was good discipline. I found three tales from Hamhung in North Korea for which I had few photos, which made my task a little easier! https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/some-short-stories-from-the-hermit-kingdom/
Thank you, Sarah – and I wanted it to be a real challenge too!
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Great theme AC!
Love the big ring with smoke- beautiful
Old couple- Oh! this takes the cake. Very touching.
Well, Philo – so happy you liked this theme! And the old couple is my favourite too. Very sweet both of them.
Thank you for these lovely photos and stories. The old couple in the woods is my favorite. Thanks for a thought provoking theme this week!
So happy you liked it, Beth! And the old couple was such a sweet meeting.
Thank you Ann-Christine, you offered me the subject of my blog on a plate :-). What a great choice of theme. https://chrisbreebaart.com/2021/11/28/trailer-park/
And you even made me write a lot of text!
Hahaha – I’m glad!
So glad it suited you so well!
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Lovely photos,the first one give the sense of being happy
If it does, then I am very happy too! Thank you!
I think there’s a lot you can read into these, especially when it comes to human interaction with environment. Perhaps the stories within the images have a bit of interpretation available.
Here’s mine for this one:
Such a beautiful third photo 🙂
Thank you – a beautiful couple too.
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A great topic for this week! I love your three images and their stories.
Thank you, Ana! I loved your take on!
Hi Leya, I was going to combine posts, but this theme inspired me to keep it simple – one photo, one story. That is hard for me! It still took me a long time to tell the story. Lots of cross-outs and wadding my paper and throwing it into the trash. But your stories and photos inspired me, as did several others in the LAPC community. Here is my ONE PHOTO! https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/11/27/lens-artist-photo-challenge-176-one-photo-one-story/
Glad to have inspired! And – I too have problems using only one photo…
That’s why you are a lens artist! 🙂 The big problems is limiting the story or stories.
So true, Marsha! Limiting is the thing.
Yes! 🙂 Have a great week, Leya. See you all on Sat.
You too ♥
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I would have loved the autumnal last photo of the forest walk anyways . . . but the coincidence of the lovely old couple being in the ‘right place at the right time’ has given the photo a presence of time and place . . . so glad they did not mind their private tine being immortalized . . .
I was happy about it too – they were very sweet.
Love the older couple caught being themselves!
Glad to share this one – I loved meeting them there.
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Such an intriguing challenge!
Glad you like them theme – looking forward to seeing yours!
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Oh, brilliant! I’m sure I must have some stories….
Awesome images, AC! The last one is stunning. Your photos tell wonderful stories.
Thank you so much, Amy” I too was moved by the old couple in the forest beauty!
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Awwww, I especially love the last photo ❤
Me too ♥
Stunning images this week Ann-Christine, which do indeed tell their stories. That opening capture is really amazing and the little people in the image give us a perspective on its immensity.. And I loved the older couple in the heart of the forest. Wonderful
Thank you, Tina. I tried to vary the stories for everyone to get inspired. But my own favourite is the old couple – they were such sweet people. Walking with sticks, but going there once a week because they loved the forest!
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That second photo is gorgeous. It’s like the story of their lives 🙂
Thank you – yes. It suited them well too – a very lovely old couple.
Great topic Ann-Christine! I’ll start the journey through my archives now. Your closing photo is gorgeous.
Thank you, Anne – I hoped it would be a theme of possibilities.
This should get the creative juices flowing….great topic!
Yay! Looking forward to seeing your stories!
What a great prompt!
Happy to hear, VJ! Looking forward to seeing your stories!
Ann-Christine what marvelous storytelling your wonderful photos portrayed. I’m going to have to think about this challenge 😀
Thanks, Cee – some thinking going on I hope, but I believe you will find something special for us!
OMG! You liberal Swedes. (You are Swedish aren’t you?) The Queen of effing Everything. GUFFAW! 😱😝 I LOVE that last shot. Beautiful!!!
♥ I love you, John, and your splendid exclamations! I am Swedish, yes..but liberal? Nah…
Beautiful theme, photos and stories.
Here is mine, very minimalistic:
Thank you, Sofia!
Love the older couple story, Ann-Christine, surrounded by Autumn. Have a good week and hope the weather isn’t too extreme.
Thank you, Jo – I loved that old couple too. And well…it is snowing heavily right now.
You’ve set the bar very high with these photos, and what an interesting theme. Now where’s my thinking cap?
I know you will find it, Margaret – stories I know you have!
Ah, but told in a single shot … that’s the challenge.
That grandeur painting is certainly a majestic piece of art. The colors, the scene, all telling a magnificent story.
And the last photo of the old couple surrounded by amazing leaves is remarkable. Very lovely theme for this week 🙂
Thank you, Hammad – hopefully it has many possibilities!