Exercise 3b pt. 1

A constructed narrative is simply creating and telling a story through various art mediums such as photography, film, visual art, animation, etc.

Narratives are not found objects that one would find and snap a photo of it. The content of the image needs to be constructed by participants and observers, background and props to create a narrative. When people refer to ‘staging’ a photograph, they are creating a scene by ‘staging’ where people and actors, props and materials are located in the scene to create a tableau that will tell a story in a single image.

All narratives require the following moments:

  • exposition
  • conflict
  • climax
  • resolution

By following these narrative moments, the key stages in structuring a narrative would include:

  • introducing a location
  • giving the story a ‘face’
  • letting people tell their own story
  • contextualizing those stories
  • following a dramatic form

Though these aren’t the rules, they are elements of traditional narrative structures. For more information about photography and narratives, you can find it here.


Timelapse Sunset


This piece plays with the juxtaposition of contrasting colours of the two images that gives the viewer a bittersweet feeling of ending the perfect day. This image essentially is dependent on the viewer, and their take on how they feel when looking at the two images. On the left side of the image, there is a sense of happiness and excitement because of the vibrant colour of the blue that one could experience, and for the right side of the image, one could experience tranquility through the calming orange colour and even sadness because of the darker tones in this image. The colours will help evoke emotions that will play with the contradiction of day and night. The gradation is a visual representation the progression of time increments within the image. This helps with the transition between the two images as it goes from light to dark to light again.