Guy Tal • Creating Compelling Stories

The more prolific you are in the visual language, the more compelling and interesting your stories will be. It all comes down to perfect balance and harmony as Guy Tal explains

Not every image is worth a thousand words. And, if volume of word were any indication of worth, most phone books would be held in higher regard than most novels. The truth is that, in order for any means of communication to be effective, authors must attain a high degree of proficiency in their chosen language. Beyond mere choice of words and correct grammar, many concepts are enhanced further through nuance, euphemisms, metaphors, and rhyme.

The visual language has much in common with prose and spoken dialects. Like words, shapes, colors, tones, and lines have the ability to symbolise complex messages, evoke emotions, create moods, and tell stories.

And, like any other language, mastery requires learning, practice, and time. It begins with expressing simple nouns: mountain, tree, bird, or person; then come adjectives: bold, subtle, harsh, warm, and so on. Still, such simplistic expressions will never arouse more than short-lived interest from our viewers.

Writing may take the form of simple sentences, essays, reports, poems, or novels. It may be factual or imaginary, describe simple concepts or weave epic sagas. Those who take the time to master the visual language may ...

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I am a full-time photographer, writer, and naturalist living and working in the Colorado Plateau – a scenic and diverse desert region of the western United States spanning an area larger than most countries and states.

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