In everything we do, everything we say, every breath of life our story is written. The past, the present and the future create the story. Capturing stories is the beautiful thought behind photography. Photographs capture something that can only be captured in an image. No image can fully be explained without seeing it, words do not always do justice. Most of all, the moments and stories which shape each story often pass too quickly.
Upon completion of a shoot I couldn’t decide between black and white or color for a few images. Normally color always wins but this time black and white was tugging at my heart. As I looked at the images I realized that the editing made me appreciate this image for different reasons. It totally altered the story behind the image. When I looked at the color image, I felt as though I was there, fishing with these children. I found myself imagining the warmth of the sunshine and the memories they were making. As I looked at the black and white image, I had chill bumps as if I was looking back years from now, thinking of all the years that had past, and the memories created that day while fishing. The way a photo is edited tells the story.
With digital photography, I believe each photographer has the control of the story. Not only the story, but the “mood” of the image. This is mainly by perspective and editing. The way an image is edited tells a story. It records the moment. So as you edit your images, think about the way you are portraying a story. What story are you trying to tell? What mood are you portraying? Think about it. It will change your perspective. Go capture life before today slips away!