Storytelling

In the One in 8 Million project, there is a distinctive storytelling style used. Visually,  all that’s happening is a slideshow of potentially related photos, but the photos begin to make sense with the addition of voice-over narration. There is no sound aside from the narrator’s voice and the whine of the electronics in the recording, and it makes the audience hone in on both the narrator themself and the story they’re telling. The photos are a part of the experience, the narrator changing the often neutral tone of the pictures into a fitting illustration of the story. For example, in the “Joel Karp:  The Corner Druggist” story, Joel discusses an incident that required the prolonged presence of the police. The photo shown when Joel tells the audience about the duration of time is a black and white shot of a coffee pot on a counter, which may not have connected with the other pictures in the series had it been without narration.

Exposure stories seem to have a more standard, article-like feel, with paragraphs interspersed with photos of and about the subject of the writings. The pictures utilized by the person/people who worked on the “Portraits of Change” project reflect the subjects in their homes and places of work, where they feel comfortable and happy, and that feeling of being at home shows through their posture and expressions.

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