What Is A Photo Essay?
As a photographer, you may find yourself sometimes straining for ideas. It seems as though one day you have a slew of ideas to photograph, and then, as if by magic, all the ideas are stripped away. Some photographers can go weeks, even months, wondering what to photograph next. One of the best ways I’ve found to hinder your camera from gathering dust is making a photo essay.
What is a photo essay? A photo essay is much like a normal written essay, but done with photos rather than with words. A photo essay can tell a story, or be used to spark a certain emotion from the viewer. While words can sometimes be used, it is best to take photos that don’t require words, or use the words sparingly for support rather than for a crutch.
The main types of photo essays are time sequence, location, idea, and event. Many people have created photo essays without even knowing they’ve done so. When you’re out taking photographs, look at the photos as one big picture rather then a lot of small ones. If the photos tell a story or convey a specific emotion, it may be a photo essay.