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Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Now that I got your attention. Do you feel the photography would be more interesting if you could write a small narrative after every piece? I would personally like that. It would give the photos an extra dimension. Any thoughts?

Jul 08 13 06:20 pm Link

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Laurence Moan

Posts: 7825

Huntington Beach, California, US

Captions for your photos. Model Mayhem haz them. Yours are boring.

These are my thoughts.

Jul 08 13 06:23 pm Link

Photographer

Maxximages

Posts: 2233

Los Angeles, California, US

I fear I loath the idea smile

Jul 08 13 06:23 pm Link

Photographer

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Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Laurence Moan wrote:
Captions for your photos. Model Mayhem haz them. Yours are boring.

These are my thoughts.

Looked at your captions. They aren't narratives.

Jul 08 13 06:27 pm Link

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Kevin Greggain Photography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

This is my shot right before the crocodile at my model. The bad news is, my shot was out of focus.. The good news is, well.. there is no good news. I need a new model because a CROCODILE ate mine

Jul 08 13 06:29 pm Link

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SPRINGHEEL

Posts: 38210

Gibraltar, Michigan, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Any thoughts?

Yeah, no one will ever read them

Jul 08 13 06:29 pm Link

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JM Dean

Posts: 8931

Cary, North Carolina, US

"She touched my thigh and then showed me her honey hole. I knew then this was more than just a standard TFP shoot."

Jul 08 13 06:30 pm Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

do it all the time - but the storyboards are planned in advance and the hook for the editors ironed out later...

Jul 08 13 06:32 pm Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

I will just have to hone my writing skills on tumbler.

Jul 08 13 06:37 pm Link

Photographer

Light Writer

Posts: 18387

Oakland, California, US

I've probably done 100 of these threads, with 5 to 20 posts each, find your medium and prose form and go for it. On the other hand collaborate with someone. LOL

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=893343

Jul 08 13 06:39 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8860

Olney, Maryland, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Now that I got your attention. Do you feel the photography would be more interesting if you could write a small narrative after every piece? I would personally like that. It would give the photos an extra dimension. Any thoughts?

Art should express something that can't be expressed in any other way.  If your photos don't express anything, then write a novel.

Jul 08 13 06:51 pm Link

Photographer

TrianglePhoto

Posts: 582

Chicago, Illinois, US

I don't even like putting titles on my images - a narrative description is right out...

Jul 08 13 06:58 pm Link

Photographer

Select Models

Posts: 36284

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

SPRINGHEEL  wrote:

Yeah, no one will ever read them

Oh they read them alright... and I have a few hundred of'm... they even remark about them in their comments... lol... borat

Jul 08 13 07:08 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4410

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Try a few, see how they work for you.

Jul 08 13 07:36 pm Link

Model

V Nixie

Posts: 2070

Los Angeles, California, US

I think blogs are more the place for that.

Jul 08 13 07:38 pm Link

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Augustine

Posts: 963

Los Angeles, California, US

You can write long captions on MM from what I've seen.

Jul 08 13 07:50 pm Link

Photographer

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Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Jul 08 13 07:59 pm Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 37171

Columbus, Ohio, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Now that I got your attention. Do you feel the photography would be more interesting if you could write a small narrative after every piece?

On MM? Nope

Jul 08 13 08:12 pm Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 37171

Columbus, Ohio, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Maybe this would make you think differently.

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-photojournalists.php

Comparing that to MM....apples and oranges to the max.

Jul 08 13 08:13 pm Link

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Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

Text alters context.  Context determines meaning.  It's your image, you decide.

Jul 08 13 08:13 pm Link

Photographer

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Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

Cherrystone wrote:

Comparing that to MM....apples and oranges to the max.

Not really seeing the difference.

Jul 08 13 08:15 pm Link

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Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:

Not really seeing the difference.

He's saying MM isn't about photojournalism.

Jul 08 13 08:18 pm Link

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Monad Studios

Posts: 10064

Santa Rosa, California, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Maybe this would make you think differently.

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-photojournalists.php

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-photojour … ful-tattoo

Those legendary photojournalists and historical images actually have interesting stories behind them that are worth telling.  The site didn't just add narratives for the sake of adding narratives.

Jul 08 13 08:18 pm Link

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Form Guild

Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

I am saying it would be nice to have the option.

Jul 08 13 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
I am saying it would be nice to have the option.

You do.

If you want something with more space than the captions provide, why not make the suggestion in Site Related?

Jul 08 13 08:23 pm Link

Photographer

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Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

They don't pay attention to me. I don't believe in fashion. I am like the crazy shirtless drunken uncle who pees on the side of your house at the family 4th of July picnic.

Jul 08 13 08:28 pm Link

Body Painter

Monad Studios

Posts: 10064

Santa Rosa, California, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
They don't pay attention to me. I don't believe in fashion. I am like the crazy shirtless drunken uncle who pees on the side of your house at the family 4th of July picnic.

^ That would make a good photo caption.

Jul 08 13 08:32 pm Link

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dd photography

Posts: 944

San Diego, California, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
They don't pay attention to me. I don't believe in fashion. I am like the crazy shirtless drunken uncle who pees on the side of your house at the family 4th of July picnic.

You sound like a fun guy to party with.

Jul 08 13 08:35 pm Link

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Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
They don't pay attention to me. I don't believe in fashion. I am like the crazy shirtless drunken uncle who pees on the side of your house at the family 4th of July picnic.

There are one or two art photographers here.  Crazy shirtless drunken ones, even.

Jul 08 13 08:36 pm Link

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Blue Ash Film Group

Posts: 9868

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I like images that can speak to me on their own.

Jul 08 13 08:36 pm Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

It would also be fun to tell tall whiskey induced tales of literary prose.

Jul 08 13 08:41 pm Link

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Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
It would also be fun to tell tall whiskey induced tales of literary prose.

Sounds to me like what you'd really enjoy is putting out a book.  Photo essay style.  No?

Jul 08 13 08:45 pm Link

Photographer

Form Guild

Posts: 1186

Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US

There are world class photographers here. No doubt. It just seems like it leaves me wanting more when I see a great photo. Maybe it is what my style is evolving to be. I have been at this on and off for 18 months. My style is definitely evolving.

Jul 08 13 08:50 pm Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 944

San Diego, California, US

you are quite social  why not ask   create your own blog of stories

Jul 08 13 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

zaxpix

Posts: 1988

New Brunswick, New Jersey, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
Now that I got your attention. Do you feel the photography would be more interesting if you could write a small narrative after every piece? I would personally like that. It would give the photos an extra dimension. Any thoughts?

Yep.

If I were trying to show you how to tear down and rebuild a big block Chevy engine, it would be most useful.

A nekkid model?  Not so much.

Z.

Jul 09 13 03:03 am Link

Model

Julia Francesca

Posts: 2393

Sylvania, Ohio, US

I like reading them smile

Jul 09 13 07:04 am Link

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Light Writer

Posts: 18387

Oakland, California, US

It's interesting going to museums, people tend to read the little card, glance at the picture/painting/sculpture, then move on.

On the other hand, I just can't read museum-prose- those introductory pieces describing the artist, the work, the context. I think there's a special place in hell reserved for people who write them.

Jul 09 13 07:11 am Link

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Managing Light

Posts: 2079

Salem, Virginia, US

Antediluvian Design wrote:
I am saying it would be nice to have the option.

Lumatic wrote:
You do.

If you want something with more space than the captions provide, why not make the suggestion in Site Related?

I did that more than a year ago with no results nor response.

My thinking was that a caption was a bit different than some brief notes about the image.  I wasn't thinking "narrative."

Jul 09 13 12:13 pm Link

Model

JessieLeigh

Posts: 2072

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

"A picture is worth a thousand words"
I prefer photos that tell the story without any need for additional narrative.

Jul 09 13 12:19 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2260

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Caustic Disco wrote:
I like reading them smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130627/22/51cd23555d57b_m.jpg
Caption: ...And as she sat on the pile of wood, in the odd metal box, deep in the woods, watching the photographer pull a book of matches from his pocket... she finally realized why he had a bottle of barbeque sauce in his camera bag.

Jul 09 13 12:36 pm Link