Add a dimension to your photograph!
Quite often when I look at a photograph I wish I knew a little more of how it came about or what it is that I am looking at.
Was it planned, or simply shot by being in the right place at the right time?
Write a couple of lines enhancing the scene. Words to describe atmosphere, smells or who the people are that we can see! A 'not-so-brilliant' photograph might become very interersting when we get some background information that is impossible to know just by looking.
I for one have plenty of photographs with a story in the back of my head. I am going to share some of those and hope you do the same!
You do not need to write a lot, you just need to add another dimension, be it serious, comic or a plain fact. And Any kind of medium format capture is fine.
A year ago me and one of my daughters and her two friends went deep into the woods to build a hovel/little kids house that was going to be their secret. We had a great time and they talked about this for a while afterwards, but finally it faded away. Until last Friday!
Suddenly my daughter looked at me and said in a deadserious voice - 'Dad, we must go and check on our little house in the woods'. I thought it would be a nice walk and we called the other two kids that were with us that first time and they wanted to come along as well.
I made some hot chocolate and brought some cookies in one bag, The Alpa MAX + 120N in another bag...Let's go. It is 15 minutes by car and then atleast half an hour walk. Was it going to be there?
First we didn't see it, but finally we did. The little house was there, sort of. It was not in the best of shape but all three kids screamed in happiness and started to collect twigs and repairing. I unpacked the Alpa and started to look for some nice light...
Almost an hour later, I was just about to shoot a scene when all three came rushing towards me shouting for hot chocolate and cookies. I replied that, 'sure, easy now, let me just photograph this one and then we sit down for a bite'. Did they listen? No. They were jumping up and down, singing, annoying me on purpose, not letting go. My daughter shouted to me that they all wanted to be in the picture and that they will keep on dancing and jumping up and down until I take that picture. I believe her. (The problem is, how do I explain that with little light, base iso 25 I need 1 second exposure with the 120 wide open. I doubt that she would grasp the difficulty in this being 8 years old). I made the exposure so that they would calm down a tad. They all rushed to see the preview on the back and imediately one said - 'cool, we're ghosts in the forest'!
Back home I went through 20-25 exposures in the woods and the only one I liked was the one I did not want to shoot. Funny that isn't. The kids did it! They even provided me with the title:
Ghosts in the forest.