Finding The Visual Narrative
in and of themselves. Objects such as people, animals, landmarks or buildings aren't stories. What they do, how they work, why they're there. They yard and their history and their experiences. Those are stories, and that means you've got to go further than simply turning up. A while ago, I was in Naples, in Italy. On my first day I did what I usually do, which is leave my camera behind and go for a walk. I went to all the beautiful places. Napoli is known for the harbour Piazza del Sito, the cathedral Castello. Over. I walked all day and covered 15 kilometers and couldn't find anything. Not a single subject I wanted to photograph. Sure, there were the usual postcard shots. But as you know, by now, I don't really do postcards. Yeah, so Day two, I instigated Plan B. I met up with a local guide and she acquainted me with the real Naples. The people. She introduced me to fishermen and fishmongers, bakers and pizza, roller wine makers and baristas. I listened to their stories, what they lov...
e about their city, how the city works on a social level, the camera and the church last Anita and possibly po and why they'd never leave even if Mount Vesuvius erupted again after a day spent wandering meeting the people and getting to know the authentic Napoli. The next day I headed out with my camera. I filled an entire memory card and drained a battery mentoring no more than 200 m from my hotel. To find the story, you have to get involved. You have to invest time and energy and immerse yourself in the subject, and you have to ask questions. Sometimes it takes stepping outside your comfort zone, letting go of attachments. Napoli was way outside mind, but I let go of my attachment to being uncomfortable interacting with strangers. And that's part of growing both as a photographer and as a person. If you let it, your camera opens doors to worlds beyond your normal vision, and if they're beyond your vision, there probably beyond most other people's, too. That's where original images are found beyond normal beyond everyday sites, and that, for me, is the purpose of photography. It's a doorway into world's most people never get to see, and you have the key