The Visual Storyteller Podcast Episode One – Welcome

Olympus Pen-F for documentary photography Cliff Etzel

So here I go dipping my toe into the waters of podcasting.

The premise?  A podcast dedicated to documenting the human experience of local communities and families from a visual storytelling perspective.

I’m a visual storyteller, but the ability to impart information in other mediums has a place for visual content creators like myself.  So why not bring awareness to a return to authentic, REAL visual storytelling – documentary photography, reportage… whatever you want to call it.

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Community Visual Journalism is needed now more than ever

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

I’m reiterating this again…

Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted last – As David Hobby has said:

I don’t want to be a full time blogger who also does photography…

But over a year since the last posting?

Yeah, I know…

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The Influence of William Albert Allard

Eugene Oregon Documentary Photography by Cliff Etzel

I’m beginning to see the subtle influences viewing the work of @williamalbertallard in his seminal book “The Photographic Essay”.

Allard’s selected work enclosed in this book forever changed the way I see color as a documentary photographer. The use of slow ISO Kodachrome with Leica Rangefinders and wide open apertures in marginal lighting conditions really was the defining shift in my work.

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Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

Photo by Joey L

As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing that if they could just photograph/document someplace else, they would have a better understanding of the world and a better portfolio…

I don’t fully agree with that belief.

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