Why is narrative such a difficult concept for young photographers to master?

Totally agree that narrative and storytelling are key skills that can help to develop photography particularly as an art form.

I don’t think you mentioned it, but perhaps also a study of classical art is useful. Particularly if you look beyond one or two famous pieces and into sketchbooks etc.

The part of the post I would question is the need to ‘print’ or go ‘analog’.

You have online tools like Pinterest where you can create boards. I think it’s possible to play around with creating a narrative series of work using digital tools. I find Pinterest useful for creating my own private boards to create collections around certain themes, stories etc from other people’s work (as inspiration).

I think that it is particularly important as artists of the future are going to be challenged to find ways to communicate thoughtful works in the digital world. There will always be a niche community of print lovers, but more and more people spend most of their time in the digital world.

If you take a step back from the simple instagram post and look towards snapchat or the more recently introduced instagram stories or the recently popular daily vlogging on youtube a lot of this work is a series of images, movie clips and sounds centred around a narrative theme based on daily life. You can use these tools to construct short narrative stories about anything.

So I think it’s a matter of going a little bit more deeply into the digital world and find the creative people pushing it’s boundaries, if we can introduce aspiring artists to these people’s work it would be useful.

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