Creativity Exercise: tell us the story of a task

We do the monotonous tasks a million times a week.

Vacuuming the floors? Check.

Washing dishes? Check.

Laundry? Check.

Making coffee? Check. Check. And CHECK!

We do all of these daily tasks without even really thinking about the actions that make up each task. It’s brainless because it happens so often - and let’s be honest, it’s not really that exciting!

But, so much of what makes really great storytelling images, comes from noticing the things that other’s might not. The nuances and the details that help support your narrative are critical in making images that have a point.

With this exercise, we’re going to work on breaking down a task into details so that you can keep those small things front of mind while you’re shooting.

Ready?

Think of a task you do without really thinking. Choose your favourite….or the one you absolute dread…it doesn’t really matter, just decide on a task ahead of time and then stick with it.

Then, grab your camera and document that task with a minimum of 5 different images.

It’s totally up to you if you do it solely as still life/detail images or if you include people, but work hard on walking your viewer through the steps.

You can think of it as a visual instruction guide. If someone had no idea how to load the dishwasher, how could you tell them in a series of photos?

As always, think about changing up your perspective, your light and your composition so that each image is beautiful on its own, but that they also feel cohesive when put together.

Have fun with this! Remember that these images don’t have to be portfolio or even share-worthy. This is an exercise to get your brain working on creating a stronger narrative and it’s much more about the practice than the result.

We’d love to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag us @unscriptedmentoring on Instagram so we can see!

-Kelly