“Having a story to tell and willingness to tell it, is nothing – a total zero… ability to do it is much more important and valuable…”
this is just a part of a very provocative, and soon to be very controversial comment, by one of our readers , Anthony RZ , under our most recent multimedia essay by Kerry Payne…so provocative, that i felt it should be right out here for general discussion…why? because it is one of the most important discussions in photography today in my view…..this topic has been discussed a bit before here on Burn and on my previous Road Trips blog, but i do not think it can ever be thought about enough…..please read the entire comment by Anthony…it will definitely make you jump one way or the other….
the discussion here should not be to single out Kerry who obviously has a heartfelt story to tell and who will most likely be moved to tears by the comment of Anthony….any form of diplomacy/sensitivity was clearly not his intent…however, he was honestly direct…..i do not want to fuel that fire for its own sake, yet at the same time with passions now raw among us and surely on full alert, this seems like a good time for more of a general discussion about content and form …about stories to tell….about the ability to tell them….about storytelling and storytellers….and clearly about the medium itself…and even about the purity of still photography and it’s morphing into multimedia….
obviously we all want a great story, brilliantly told…but, the question here put forth by Anthony is of priorities….
so, what do you think?
what is most important for you as a viewer: the story or the ability to tell it ?