Once upon a photograph

The storytelling power of editorial features and photo-books reflects the narrative nature of photography, which to me, is its true power. Cleverly allowing the viewer a sense of discovery, editorial features and photo-books tell a story, but also act as the perfect vehicle for creating and conveying new ideals.

Expressing Intention 
Yes, photograph sequences in a magazine or photo-book describe what people, places and events look like, but perhaps more importantly they also express an intention, as meaning arises as much from what the photographs show, as from the relationship between them. To ensure both their beauty and their verisimilitude, these meanings and ideas must be coherent and comprehensible, while at the same time preserving the inherent complexity of the lived experience.

A Nurtured Cross-pollination
In this sense, the process of creating a photo-book or compiling an editorial feature mirrors the way places are made—as our stories emerge from our dwellings and workplaces. Producing images for both printed and digital mediums, I find myself carefully nurturing the fruitful crossing where these two storying realms converge and reflect each other.

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Simon Devitt