Narrative Picture Essay

The story I want to tell in this picture essay is the effect of the low tides in Carantec, Brittany. I went there on holiday last June and was really impressed at how the landscape looks totally different every 5 hours and the influence this has on the village, fishermen and tourism. First I wanted to show some pictures of high and low tide to show the differences, but then I realized that the landscape is most special when it's low tide and I'd rather show that. I took the photos around sunset, when the colours are most beautiful and the light interesting. The downside is that there are no people looking for seafood, which is quite fun to watch. I decided I wanted to focus most of all on the landscape, the way nature changes and how the infrastructure is influenced by the differences in tides.  I have thought a lot about how to present the photos, considering size and details. I'll post them and add in my remarks how I would have put this in a book layout.

The first image, to put on the front page, with text: 'Low Tide in Carantec, Brittany' added.

 

 Boats on the bottom of the sea at low tide.

Boats on the bottom of the sea at low tide.

There's enough space in the photograph to add text and the image shows the most extreme effect of the low tide, the fact that all boats can't float anymore.  On the next page I want to show some of the oysters and related oyster fishermen in the area. Because of the huge changes in tides, this industry can flourish.

 Crates are waiting to be placed in deeper parts of the sea, where there's only little water during a few days a month, when it's full moon and the difference in low and high tide is most extreme. 

Crates are waiting to be placed in deeper parts of the sea, where there's only little water during a few days a month, when it's full moon and the difference in low and high tide is most extreme. 

 On the sea bottom lots of oyster, shells and mussles can be found. Many tourists and locals look for seafood for their own use during low tide.

On the sea bottom lots of oyster, shells and mussles can be found. Many tourists and locals look for seafood for their own use during low tide.

In a layout I would show the photo of the crates and boats smaller and the photo of the oyster bigger or cover two pages. With the composition I have calculated the fact that the photo can be halved and spread over two pages.

 Warning sign in front of the road to the peninsula that is only open during low tide. During high tide the road is completely cover by 5 meters of sea

Warning sign in front of the road to the peninsula that is only open during low tide. During high tide the road is completely cover by 5 meters of sea

 Road to the mainland seen from the peninsula, right before the high tide sets in.

Road to the mainland seen from the peninsula, right before the high tide sets in.

The difference between high and low tide has a big influence on when ships can sail out. 

 Stranded boat

Stranded boat

 Fisherboat stranded on the shore. The boat will have to wait till the water reaches its highest level.

Fisherboat stranded on the shore. The boat will have to wait till the water reaches its highest level.

 Fisherboat stranded on the shore. The boat will only be able to sail out when the water reaches its highest level.

Fisherboat stranded on the shore. The boat will only be able to sail out when the water reaches its highest level.

These three pictures would be nice in a collage. In which the photo with the boat at sunset could serve as smallest and the details of the fisherboat a bit bigger. 

 The wonder of walking on the bottom of the sea.

The wonder of walking on the bottom of the sea.

This image is a nice closing image. It suggests movement, and the temporary print that will fade away as soon as the high tide sets in. 

I find it really nice to set up a photo story, but do notice the difficulty of bringing enough narrative elements in the image itself. I think the caption is really important as well and I find I sometimes don't have enough patience or am not perfectionistic enough to do that well.