We all love a good story.
Perhaps that love begins with the bedtime story. Again Daddy! Again!
If we're lucky, we’re introduced to comics and discover that maybe a story can be told mostly with pictures. If those pictures show our favorite superheroes spectacularly defeating evil or struggling to get a date on Friday night, all the better.
When you look at a picture, its story is being unlocked in your mind. How often have you looked at a seemingly simple image only to find yourself deeply immersed in the story of the people within it or yearning to explore that amazing landscape and learn about it?
We want to know the story. Photographs and illustrations are the spark that ignites the imagination. We see the still image and see one moment frozen in time. Our imaginations fill in the ‘before’ and anticipate the ‘after’. Our culture is driven by the stories we tell. Whether they're stories to sell a product, prove a point, sway an opinion, or simply to entertain, we’re telling stories.
From the first days when earliest humans recounted to their families the harrowing tale of the day’s hunt to the global reach of today’s digital media, stories connect us, inspire us, and entertain us. Pictures will always play a large role in that communication.
After all, we all love a good story.