Tonga & Samoa – Photo Tip
Tell a story
Photography is like any other skill: the more you do it the better you get. I am a storyteller and I always work to improve how I tell a story.
Almost anyone can go out and take a beautiful picture but making images that communicate a story takes work and requires a deep understanding and knowledge of your subject.
My photojournalistic work requires me to make storytelling photographs and build bodies of images that work together to tell a story. I look for ways to show who my subjects are. I am in constant search for the story. Pigs are a big part of Tongan culture and so when I heard about a pig roast, I got myself there.
I wanted to show an aspect of the culture but I didn’t want literal images. This photo of a man preparing a pig to roast shows something crucial to Tongan culture, but it also communicates the story on an emotional level. The rippled pigskin adds texture. The knife cutting the coconut and the expression on the man’s face add tension and heighten the story. Even the greenery in the background says something about Tonga.
It is not just a picture of a pig.