A couple of weeks ago I conducted my first audio interview of people I’ve photographed. I created a 3 minute multimedia slideshow of the photos I took during an engagement photo shoot. I felt privileged to be able to hear the couple’s story of how they met and fell in love.
In the past couple of years I’ve seen many variations on this type of storytelling, all of which motivated me to try something new. (If you haven’t heard of the “One in 8 Million” series from the New York Times, do yourself a favor and sample some of their stories.) Still photography is but one element of storytelling, and it’s a good thing to experiment with whatever we can do to add context, presence, engagement, and clarity to people or to a story. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
It can include audio, video and the written word. Digital media and the internet provide new opportunities; it’s an exciting time to take photos.
I recorded the interview with my Microtrack II recorder and edited the audio in Garageband for Mac, then created the slideshow in Soundslides software for Windows.