I recently posted an article about the recently discovered photos of a soldier who died in the Battle of the Bulge. As the story went, his camera was recently found with film still intact that revealed his last days. While the haunting images are real, the story itself has been revealed to be untrue.
The story reveals a basic truth about photography. While we love images, we love a good story even more. Take pictures of new skyscrapers and we shrug our collective shoulders. Take pictures of those same skyscrapers with a 50-year old camera and suddenly we are enthralled. Match the photos with exact angles of the city taken 100 years ago and we are swooning. Like nothing else, photos have the power of taking us along for a ride on a story-telling time machine.
Of course, storytelling should never trump the facts.
Here’s to telling stories that spark our imagination, inspire us, inform us and tell the truth.