Just Tell Stories

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Creativity, the word itself, seems to scare some people off.

It does not have to be difficult and it does not require you to use fancy techniques, weird settings and advanced Photoshop actions.  You don’t always have to go in search of your inner artist of go flirting with your muse in order to find the inspiration to create.

Sometimes creativity is as simple as looking for different ways to tell your story.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

In this image the story tells itself.

It’s a good, solid wildlife image but there is not a helluva lot left for the viewer to think about.  It is what it is.

We must never underestimate the power and value of asking our viewers to think about our images and to complete the story we have started telling them.

In this case exclusion is more valuable than what you include in the frame.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

Same scene with obvious exclusions.

The intense stare and posture combined with the blood around the mouth sets the scene.

It tells my viewer that something has happened, a kill, but certain questions still remains.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

Yet another version of the same scene.

Almost abstract in nature, perhaps even peaceful, this image also tells a story, a violent story, without making it in your face obvious.

If you are struggling with creativity in wildlife photography, don’t get carried away.  Don’t immediately reach for the advanced techniques and (mostly) unnecessary processing tricks.

Look at the scene you are photographing and simply photograph parts of the scene that will ask your viewer to complete the story and you are well on your way to being a little more creative.  By thinking about your images in this way you will be surprised to see what you come up with.

And then, only later on, wrestle with your inner artist, look for your muse and worry about the advanced / different / call it what you will techniques.

Keep it simple.

Just tell stories.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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