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

Twenty years ago, I produced a series of training videos with a group of brilliant teachers who developed and taught reading comprehension strategies in public school classrooms. Elementary-aged students in particular ate it up. First-graders applied the strategies to both nonfiction and fiction, part of which involved learning about story structure. One of the six strategies was visualization. Students were taught how to make a mind’s-eye picture of the meaning of a story or passage. Some accomplished this handily. Others found other strategies to be more useful. So two points here — first, that not everyone has the ability to visualize, which seems to me an essential skill for photographers. And second, that making meaning of words on a page and understanding story structure can be taught. It requires support from educators and parents, and, like most everything, practice, practice, practice.

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