As a (traditional) storyteller, I expect you to lead me along on a journey, giving (or revealing to) me larger context along the way in order to help guide my feelings about what I’m observing. But as a photographer, you do not get to play with larger context and so your power to affect emotion is in understanding the emotional components within your moments and scenes. You leave small clues, perhaps in a gesture, a ray of light, a shadow or expression. The more sophisticated photographer learns to use all of it masterfully, in seemingly any setting. But those are like brush strokes one perfects over years and years of training. As hard as any author’s craft. A different art, but every bit as beautiful.