Three- or four-image stories

In recent posts I have played with the concept of the three-image story – here and here, an idea I got from the WordPress people.

Great photographers can tell a story in one photograph. But I’m not a great photographer, nor a professional photographer. I enjoy taking photographs. For every 1000 images I take, 900 will be mediocre, 98 plain awful and one or two – maybe, quite good. The point being not my amateur results but that I will have become 1000 images more experienced. After 100,000 or so images, I might, just might, become reasonably competent. (The same applies to blog posts. I don’t like producing poor work but it sometimes happens. If you don’t get out there and do it, how else are you going to learn?)

The three-image story fits very well with much of my sailing. When single-handed, dialogue with fellow crew is not there. The senses are not distracted. I don’t wish to make a drama out of this but to make another point, “when single-handed at sea, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing are enhanced – they become the crew.” And there are certainly moments during a passage when one or other of them stand out and make themselves felt!

As far as sight is concerned, the day passes in a steady stream of images, many of which are background images, some of which are important in the running of the boat and some of which illustrate the tenor of the passage. The latter may or may not include the former images. It is a very small selection, (three or four), of these images that I am using to tell the story of the whole passage or, more often, a small section of the passage.

Nor do I wish to explain the images, except for a brief outline of the scene. It is better to let them speak for themselves. The relevant definition of image here is “a mental representation; idea; conception.” (  Put together, they make a story – or at least that is what I am attempting. It is for the viewer to make his or her connections.