Photography is a subject not that distant from painting, yet also not that distant from literature. It can be argued that at times in particular photography’s relationship to literature is stronger than its relationship to painting.
If a photographer is looking to communicate thoughts, feelings, experiences – through a sense of place, semiotics, a series of work that tells a story then perhaps the photographer will draw upon skills comparable to the literary devices used by a writer. As Paul Hill states, “a metaphor consisting of words can conjure a visual image, and a photographic image can also operate as a visual metaphor.” (Hill P, 2004, Approaching Photography, P.49).
The narrative of the photographs is what is within the image. What story is being told? How are we as viewers drawn through the image witnessing significant points within the image? How do we read these points within their associated surroundings? How do we proceed from photograph to photograph as we are led to the story that is being told us?