Visual storytelling is our natural connection to humanity. We are visual learners driven to create and share stories to further our learning and evolution. We will forever love sharing our stories visually. Photography (and any camera) is a powerful tool we’ve created to tell our stories visually, instantly, and forever. Now, we have the tools to create and share our visual stories in real time, globally.
Now with all the advancements in technology, we’re experiencing visual storytelling and life itself, so differently than just a few years before. But we’re obsessed. We love sharing our stories on social media. We love sharing our knowledge through the world wide web. We aren’t just sharing and gathering the world’s knowledge, we’re inherently learning from it in real-time and constantly evolving our awareness, our knowledge, hopefully creating bigger and better things with it. But are we? What are we sharing exactly? How are we personally experiencing life as we create these visual stories?
The Future Of Storytelling
With this exponential growth will come a whole new world in the next 30 years. A world we can not imagine right now. A world that depends on our abilities to control and use these technological tools, this higher intelligence, in all new ways. The world we are creating requires us to share our stories in all new ways. In our lifetime, we have the ability to create a world that ends the story of human suffering. We have the potential to create thriving experiences for every life form on this Earth. But these possibilities are only possible only as long as we see our limitless human potential. Only as long as we share our stories with a conscious intention at the core of every action. As long as we see the Martin Luther King in all of us.
Side note. I learned recently that Dr. King had no intention of leading any such movements just weeks before his first march. He didn’t even see his own potential until he was willing to expand and experience life differently.
The challenge we face is not our ability to adapt to this constant rapid change in technology. It’s our ability to expand our awareness so we can come back to using our natural human instincts to make decisions and share visual stories that matter. It’s’ the challenge to stand up for something, to not just believe in something, but to take action because you know. You know you have the powers not just within technology, but the powers as a human being, as a storyteller.
Technology and Visual Storytelling
Technology has made this global challenge obvious. But it has always really been a collective and individual challenge. The personal challenge we all face is letting go of old stories. To stop chasing mind focused intellectual knowledge. We don’t need to chase that anymore. We have instant access to incredible amounts of information thanks to Google. But really, it’s thanks to our natural desire to connect and grow as human beings.
The paradox is, because of this real-time access, we are also inundated with endless amounts of useless information that doesn’t matter at all. That has no business being in our daily existence, infiltrating our emotions, behaviors, and most of all – OUR ATTENTION. That has distracted us from our truth.
I’ve always understood this. We all have. Now we’re waking up to it. The age-old question, “Who Am I?” now actually has a whole new meaning in today’s world. We will all become different people in the next 30 years, not just because we will age, but because we will live in a world that is forever changing and immersing its advances into our daily lives. This is inevitable. So, how will you answer this question in the next 30 years? What stories are you creating?
We are only at the beginning. The rapid change is just now starting to speed up life. Yet, many are still obsessed with ingesting and consuming this knowledge that’s easily accessible. Good or bad, it’s just more information. It’s always there for us. We must step out of endless scroll and this need to intake unconscious, useless, time-consuming stuff. It will never give us the answers we seek. Instead, we must go within and focus on our true story. The story we want to be. The story in our business or work. The story in our relationships. The story in our daily lives.
This is the real question, “Who do I want to be?”
Visual storytelling is our key to discovering this answer. Photography is a tool that readily accessible and can immediately create new eye-opening experiences for us. Seeing the life through a new lens and consciously sharing stories that push the world forward, encourage and inspire others to share their stories, and connect physically and virtually with real human emotion, real human vulnerability, real human knowledge. This is what will start to bridge the gap between who we were, and who we are meant to become. Simply by enjoying something we all love to anywhere, using a tool we are already obsessed with.
The technology is at our fingertips. All we have to do is open our minds to the story we’re meant to create, the experience we’re meant to let unfold. This is what I have learned over the years as a professional photographer. I love how photography has made more a more curious person, it’s brought out my desire to explore and share and connect to humans all over the world. Having a camera in my hand and shown me more creative potential that I ever thought I had. It has allowed me to experience life through this magical perspective, one that is constantly becoming more aware and more clear about what my real purpose is as a photographer. That is to share visual stories, consciously, with a higher intention, so I can show you that technology is our key to creative evolution. It’s our key to unlocking our personal creative potential and all of humanity.
So will you join me on this creative adventure called life? Are you curious to unleash just a little bit of your imagination? Are you willing to see your own incredible potential? In a fun photography class, or by creating a unique photography experience for you, I want to help you discover your true story. So let’s connect and create!