Photo-Essay: The photo-essay for dummies

How to quickly put a photo-essay together. Yes, a good photo-essay is usually the product of months of careful work, countless evenings religiously spend in front of the computer monitor, honing every last detail until perfection is palpably within reach. But actually, that’s not always true, for just because a great deal of time and effort has been invested in a project, that’s no real guarantee that it’s any better or more interesting than a project quickly thrown together spontaneously just for the fun of it. This phenomena plays itself out across all creative fields. Just because a talented young artist labours night and day for months working on his… Read More

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Photo-Essay: Revisiting an old project

In the beginning . . . When I first started organising events for the Berlin Photography Meetup group, it was mainly because I just enjoyed going out with the camera and capturing whatever took my fancy, and how better to do it than in the company of some like minded others? But it soon became apparent, that although many of the attendees certainly had the right equipment, usually in the form of a very expensive camera, and that they also had the enthusiasm and desire to take good photographs, they quite often struggled with it, blaming their ineptitude on their lack of technical knowledge concerning the camera settings. They had… Read More

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Photo-Essay: The Devil’s mountain

Abandoned. The Teufelsberg is a man-made hill in the outskirts of Berlin, formed by the piling up of debris from the bombed out remains of the city left at the end of WWII, and at 120 MASL it’s one of the few elevated areas in an otherwise very flat post ice-age landscape. Due to it’s height and secluded location it was used during the cold war by the US National Security Agency as the foundation for one of its largest listening stations. The end of the cold war however brought an end to the staton’s usefulness and it was quickly abandoned, and although there are always rumours of redevelopment, the… Read More

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Photo-Essay: The photo-essay

What is a photo-essay? A photo-essay is a series of photographs that tells a story or evokes a series of emotions in the viewer. A series of images allows far more to be told than with a single shot. Essays can range from being purely photographic projects, to those with short captions and even those accompanying long written essays. Structure Think of it in terms of a traditional three act play: The first image is the advertising poster, it draws in the paying public. The first act is where the plot is established. The second act closely focuses on the developing situation. The third act brings resolution, the plot is… Read More

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