Once again we explore the many ways a photo can generate a compelling story. The purpose of these posts is to encourage you to use photos in your presentations to deepen the connection with your audiences and to create lasting memories of your ideas.
Susan says: “There is a lot going on in this photo and most of it can be tapped for a significant emotional connection. For the sake of story, I’ll assume we are looking at a grandfather and grandson resting in the morning sun with their dog. Their relationships with the dog is palpable: the grandfather in his loving gaze (is he talking to the dog as well?) and the grandson who rests his arm on the dog while he reads. The dog’s relationship with the humans is even more impactful. He has wedged himself between them and has his head pillowed on the grandfather’s leg. These are his people and he is keeping the love flowing. Awwww. The story here could be about peaceful relationships, when words don’t need to be spoken. It could be about the value of spending time together. Or about connecting across generations. Or about the powerful difference a dog can make in a family.”
Lucia says: “I’d like to tell you the story behind the making of this photo. I saw this perfect picture of contentment as I was walking my dog. Not wanting to intrude on their peace, I didn’t stop to take a photo. But, as I walked on, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. So I turned back and asked if I could take their picture. The grandfather nodded, the boy looked up briefly and went back to his book. I was relieved dog never moved because he was an important element showing the connection between them. I am reluctant to intrude on people’s lives and too shy to put myself out there, so to speak. But having the courage to do the difficult stuff has its rewards. It allowed me to capture this perfect moment – a real gem.”
What does this photo say to you? Do you see a way to use this photo paired with your story to make your presentation better?
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