Otherwise known as Footloose and Fancy-free Friday.
I have been thoroughly enjoying my photography class this semester. *sniff* The semester is almost over and I will no longer have access to the printing and film processing facilities. *sniff*
As I’ve worked on my final project for this class I’ve begun to discover some things about my voice as a photographer.
1- I have a very clean aesthetic. It’s sparse. But it’s interesting. My final project has been photographing headstones. I was out shooting yesterday and I noticed something. The headstones I’m drawn to most are the ones that tell an interesting story in either the shape of the stone itself or in what’s left (or not left) at the grave. But most of the pictures are just the stone. There’s grass around it, obviously, but it’s just the stone. If there’s something by the stone that casts a cool shadow, great. But at most I allow three grave decorations in the shot. (As a general rule.)
2- I’m drawn to the stones that have a story in them. The piece I submitted to the art show last week is of a line of stones that all had the same red flowers on them. I took the picture first. Then I looked at the individual stones. Different birth dates. Same death date. Five stones. There’s a story there. There’s a story in the ones that say their rank in the military and which war they served in. There’s a story in the ones that only have a single date. There’s a story everywhere, but the stones that give some hint of that story are more interesting.
So, what has this taught me about my writing?
1- I’m a spare describer. Every once in a while I’ll break away from that, but for the most part my descriptions are very bare bones. I have a clean voice in my writing, just like in photography.
2- In the first draft of my current WiP, I am finding myself leaving many characters by the roadside as the story progresses. Their stories aren’t interesting because I have no hint of what it might be. Granted I could fix this, but for now the story is with my MC and the two women in his life. (But, no, it’s not a romance.) I think the story is actually stronger for it at the moment. I’m seeing this just as I’ve seen it in my photography. The story has to be interesting to more than just myself.
Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. I’ll be away much of the day but I’ll respond to comments as best as I am able. Hope you all have a great weekend.