Photo Stories

Just one piece of the photo story, from MSNBC Website / Photo by Pablo Sanchez

Discussing photo stories in class this morning really got me thinking. What inspires other photographers? What stories do they make using their photos? In order to look for more photo story examples and (hopefully) do some digging about what kinds of things other photographers have told stories about, I came across a recent photo story hosted by MSNBC.  This photo was featured in a photo story shot by not just one photographer, but by many. The angle? Earth Hour, an international block of time designated to shutting off the light and saving power.

This particular photo was taken in Singapore, though different MSNBC photographers from cities all over the world sent in their photos to this story. These photos showed everything from famous buildings with their lights out (including Big Ben, the Giza pyramids, the Sydney Opera House, and more), whole cities with their windows darkened (including Shang-Hai, New York, Los Angeles, and more), and close-ups of how every-day people in their communities were celebrating the power save. Having participated in the event myself, I thought it was really interesting to see what people in other cities, states, and countries were doing at the same time as me. I also thought it was a really cool, cooperative effort in making a photo story for a world-wide event that couldn’t have possibly been photographed by one person.

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