I am not a photographer, but as I begin to take more pictures I am inspired by the way Laura Cook uses images to tell a story.
There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling. You can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.
You’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times, right? As a photographer, I believe this is true when we dedicate ourselves to seeking out images that really tell a story.
We often take images that are part of a set or portfolio, but it’s also important to seek out pictures that can stand alone — that invite you in and make you feel like part of one particular story. Our camera is a tool we use to tell that story, to capture not only a moment in time but also something bigger.
Laura Cook is a humanitarian and travel photographer who spends most of her year in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She loves meeting new people, and through her work, strives to highlight human dignity amid life’s struggles.
Laura blogs at The…
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