Visual Storytelling Transmits Passion to Viewer

This post is a critique of this video.

I was immediately struck by the passion these photographers had in this video. One could imagine artists like these being pompous or arrogant while describing their art form, but these people completely broke that stereotype. You could feel their earnest enthusiasm as they reviewed each of their favorite photos from those submitted. The best part of the it all was the lesson it contained: it did not just tell, but showed those watching what makes for a great photo. The opening line says it all: “The great pictures just stop time. They capture something that did not continue, it was just then, and that was the perfect moment. It wasn’t the moment before, it wasn’t the moment after, it was that moment”. And then comes many splendid examples of exactly what she described.

I believe that this piece would lose something crucial if it were in written format. Imagine trying to convey that passion and enthusiasm with written words: it would probably involve many words written in all capital letters followed by exclamation points. It would go from being genuinely passionate about something to unprofessional tripe. Though I am not saying that writing cannot convey these emotions (for I am certain that writing can convey all emotions), I am saying that certain emotions come across better in certain formats rather than others.

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About jythree

Environmental Science Student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

3 Responses to “Visual Storytelling Transmits Passion to Viewer”

  1. I agree with you that for this video, it may have been more difficult to convey that same passion you can clearly hear from their tone of voice. Exclamation points can only go so far! I also thought that the music that accompanied each photograph added an entirely new element to it that would be extremely difficult to capture through writing. The variety of subjects of the photographs perfectly captures just how powerful visual storytelling can be. From a frog eating a christmas light to a soldier breakdancing, they each tell a story even though it is only capturing one fraction of a second in time.

  2. A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case I don’t think that even a thousand words could do these pictures justice. The raw emotion and beauty in these pictures is perfect. I agree that the zeal shown by the storytellers was a necessity in order to convey the amazing elements that these pictures contain, and their message and voice inflections could not be captured on a piece of paper. Each picture has a story, and it was great to hear these professionals try, in earnest, to explain that story from an onlooker’s perspective, bouncing off of each other’s enthusiasm.

  3. These pictures especially depict the importance of visual story telling. As the video ran on, I tried to think in my head how I would describe each of them in words alone, and I found myself not being able to do that with most. For example, the last picture doesn’t only show the lizard’s skin texture, but it evoked an emotion, a soothing type of feeling as I imagined how each cool, rounded surface would feel against my fingers if I could touch it. The picture of the chimp all wrapped up in a blanket gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling as I imagined the calm face of a sleeping baby immediately after looking at it. In this way, visual story telling is impactful in that it evokes certain emotions that stick with us longer than what we actually saw with our eyes.

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