Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres of photography, but how do photos of rocks, mountains, waves, and sunsets tell a story?
Photography has always been used to tell stories. It has always been an easier, more convenient, and more effective way to illustrate events and phenomena. But, as a landscape photographer, you may have sometimes questioned what stories you are telling your audience. How does the location illustrate an event? How does the light translate into trains of thought?
Storytelling has always been attributed mostly (but not exclusively) to human subjects. If not the human elements directly, they can be objects that represent human life and activity. Perhaps that is the reason why not everyone with a deep understanding of landscape photography would be able to identify storytelling elements in a scene without a human element. Human elements are not uncommon in landscape photography. However, it is the significance of that visual element in the photograph that sets it apart from instead being a travel photograph, a street photograph, or even an outdoor portrait. Human elements in landscape photography are often effective for scale and movement but not directly the main subject of the image. Instead, there are various visual elements that aid in storytelling in landscape photography, and in this video are a few examples.