Stories are integral to human culture and storytelling is timeless. Visual story telling is a way for a photographer to narrate a story with a photo or a series of photographs. The phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ itself justifies the art of visual storytelling, however this doesn’t mean all photographs narrate a story.
If we consider storytelling as an art then, as Leo Tolstoy said, it should be utterly infectious, where it infects the viewer with the feelings he or she has lived through, so that other people are infected in turn by these experiences.
In visual storytelling, images are ordered in a specific way, either chronologically or as a series, with the aim of ‘infecting’ the viewer’s vision and mind. Captions are also an integral part of a photo story that should help the viewer understand each image.
It is important to remember that while captions may expand your understanding of an image, it is the image itself that should tell the story – never the other way round.