Dear aspiring storyteller,

Dear aspiring storyteller,

A note to myself in ten years,
(If you are slouching by a desk, finishing up an edit of a marketing video,
motivated to come to work because of lavish office perks like taking midday siestas in a nap pod,
please quit immediately.)
Every story does not demand VR, wearable computing, spherical gadgets,
with an emphasis on algorithms.
Every story demands a compelling narrative, the power to transform perceptions,
with an emphasis on truth.
If you are using the camera as
an activator of mirror neurons to evoke empathy,
a vital weapon as an ambassador of truth,
then I salute you.
As the pressure to produce immediate, complete multimedia packages intensifies,
don’t forget presence.
Be the Lucian Freud of the digital age,
in his notoriously long sessions,
his subjects began to
reveal themselves.
Hit record, focus the shutter, design a pull-quote, whatever you do,
it is your responsibility to capture every fiber of your subject’s being.
It isn’t your privilege to hear someone’s story,
earn it.
And lastly,
The very best things in life are on the other side of the camera, don’t forget you are a participant.
Image credit: “Journalism” by Fredrik Walløe