Communities form by telling stories about themselves – and by doing so, moving from the realm of fiction to the realm of reality
STILL everyone keeps talking about storytelling without having a single clue about what constitutes a story. Especially now that everyone and their aunt is using „Instagram Stories“ they think they’re storytelling. If that’s you, let me tell you: You’re not!
Instagram Stories is like playing with play-doh!
Don’t get me wrong: I love Instagram Stories – it’s like playing with play-doh. You literally use your hands and fingers to draw, you move around capturing visuals, you talk to yourself, you show it to your friends and get instant gratification. It’s marvellous.
But story doesn’t just record events, it structures them, it gives them meaning, it frames them in a way we can learn from them. And, most importantly, a story only begins when there is something at stake.
The flamingo image from my recent IG Takeover for Danone is almost a story! It introduces two characters using visual cues and touches on the fear of being rejected (the question mark). Still, it is not a story! Why do they want to be friends? What stands in their way? How might they overcome that obstacle? We learn nothing of this. What it is, is the first sentence of one.
Storytelling is the very specific craft and it’s not how you hold your camera.
Now watch this video spot I created for the MA 48 (Vienna’s municipal department charged with keeping the city clean):
Storytelling is the very specific craft and it’s now how you hold your camera or what information you convey. It’s in the moments you don’t notice. Re-Watch how, after meeting her prince again, Cinderella looks down before the camera cuts to her feet. That’s the craft, that’s the logic we create. Everyone can hold a camera or talk about how they did something. But it requires craft to create logic.
Vienna’s MA48, the municipal department of waste management, asked me to bring one of their print campaigns to the small screen: social media. So I gathered a gang of creative heroes and created a series of web shorts telling the secret story behind the print sujet: how a terrible date turned into an almost unstoppable force of Zombie-Pigs laying (literal) waste to the city, only to be led into a trap by the series‘ heroine.
As the name suggests, „creative direction“ – be it in fashion photography, advertising, fine art portraiture or any other creative endeavour – requires a direction in which you move your team. So this is the story of a girl, a modern Ronja Räubertochter, and her photographer.
We live in exciting times! Videography is taking over on Facebook and more and more creative forms of visual storytelling are popping up along the way.
So you want to become a better portrait, fashion, or lifestyle photographer? You need to shoot more. Ergo you need to find people to shoot with. Let me show you an easy way how! (mehr …)