People Love A Good Mystery & Joy In Discovery
How you can create better photographic images that will stir buyers of photographs to desire your work. It’s a simple thought. Sometimes it is overlooked by photographers and sometimes of course not!
It’s not a general surprise that most people love a good mystery or a sense of surprise. I was originally going to title this blog post “Finding exciting pictures in the details”. But then the thought occurred to me, “Why not make it a little mysterious, exciting… Generate some curiousity!” Yes, people love a good mystery. They also enjoy the moment of discovery, and that is what this post is all about. The desire for discovery is what drives the current trends in travel. I hear this time and again from the students / clients at my workshops and private tours. They want to see for her or his self, to discover, to experience firsthand what it’s like in a place that is foreign to them. And everyone wants to know what Africa is like or any other country/places on the globe! It is exciting! Right? 😀
As photographers, reaching out and using this ‘need’ for discovery can elevate our work, and make it far more interesting to viewers of our photographs.
Now, whether you take photographs for advertising, editorial, art décor, or just for yourself…
Keep this in mind
There is also Beauty in the Details! There are many different ways one can photograph an elephant. But, few have captured an photograph that details the elephant as the one above. You see. Details present discovery for a viewer. Discovery creates excitement in the mind. A viewer will linger on a photograph that presents details. Think back to the lead photograph of the tiger. This photograph allows you to ‘study’ what a tiger’s eyes and face really look like. What they look like- up close! Can you imagine looking at a tiger through your lens and being that close? In a recent survey, 3 out of 4 adults who love to travel… stated that they love traveling to discover something new about his or her self, or about the location that they were visiting. 75 percent said this!!
Discovery can send a powerful message
I have been working on a series of photographs of the elephant. I am very worried about them. Elephants are on the endangered list and may soon face extinction unless something is done to help them. What a terrible loss that would be for the world, and all for greedy people wanting their tusks and their feet. Using photographs, like the one above, I’m able to tap into a wide audience that enjoys a mystery and a sense of discovery. The photo causes them to linger, and then to explore the details of the photograph. I catch them long enough to tell them a story, which hopefully pushes them to act on behalf of the elephant. Your photography can also be a powerful tool for change!
A Detail Photograph Doesn’t Necessarily Mean A Close-up Photographs
It’s important to understand that a detail picture doesn’t necessarily mean a close-up photograph. Using the details also means to compose in a manner that creates eye movement across the photograph. When a viewer’s mind doesn’t achieve an immediate answer as to what they are supposed to see, the need for discovery kicks in. They will begin to scan for an answer. When they discover that detail, their mind solves the mystery, and a very happy ‘ah hah’ moment occurs. It’s a moment like this that allows me to tell a story about the worldwide loss of glacial ice: a huge problem that we should all find concerning!
The lioness displays a recent wound from battle. It tells us something about her life. If, this photograph was created too wide; the wound becomes too insignificant to be part of a story. If, this photograph was created too tight, for example just the eye, then the story of the wound is missing. In all of your photography efforts- keep an eye to the details- whether they are close up or a small fragment of a much larger composition. It is your eye for detail that will help you tell the story that you want to tell! If you’re interested in coming to Africa or anywhere else on the globe, experiencing these animals and places through your own lens… You can contact me here.