According to the UN statistics, more people per capita were killed in El Salvador than in Iraq, in recent years.
Due to the criminal activities of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street Gang (M-18), the two major street gangs in El Salvador, the country has fallen into the spiral of fear, violence and death.
Used by world class photojournalists such as Lauren Greenfield and James Nachtwey, and Joachim Ladefoged to name a few, the photo essay takes the same story telling techniques as a normal essay, translated into visual images.
A photo essay isn’t simply for photojournalists however. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the photo essay is a brilliant way to bring your images to life and touch your family, friends, and coworkers. Find a topic: Photo essays are most dynamic when you as the photographer care about the subject.
Though each story idea is the same, the main factors of each story create an incredibly unique story. Every dynamic story is built on a set of core values and emotions that touch the heart of its audience. And once you begin taking pictures in stories, your images will never be the same.
In part II of this series on Photo Essays, I will give a practical example of how I apply these techniques in a photo essay of my own.
A photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are made to create series of emotions in the viewer.
A photo essay will often show pictures in deep emotional stages.
But telling a story with photos takes more than just a skillful photographer.
An impacting photo story can only be developed by skillful photographers who understand the emotions and concepts behind ever-great story.