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:
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.