Living a Better Story

In light of my recent posts featuring an essay (PART I and PART II) that talks about the power of Photography combined with Storytelling, I wanted to share a blog post by one of the authors I cite in the essay, Donald Miller. It is not a lengthy post, but it is profound. He shares the four primary elements of a good story. The point being that by understanding the elements of Story you can apply them to living a better story.

As I have found his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Yearsso inspiring, I wanted to share these thoughts with those of you who have not, or will not, read this book (though I do highly recommend it). Here are the four main elements of Story that he talks about:

1)  A Character or Characters (seems obvious enough)

2)  The Character(s) wants something

3)  Every Character must face conflict

4)  The Story resolves (in life there may be many resolutions of various mini-stories)

This is obviously a very simplistic synopsis. Miller’s book goes into far more depth about the idea of great stories being templates by which better lives may be lived. But if you don’t read it, you should at least check out his blog post.

So, enjoy these thoughts from Donald Miller:  CLICK HERE!

Cheers,
BJ

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The Photograph as Modern Mythology – Part I

The art and practice of story-telling has been one of mankind’s most prevailing practices. In an attempt to understand the world around us, to seek “an experience of being alive,” the human race has consistently invented stories. The many mythologies that have prevailed across time and geological boundaries are a testament to our need to tell stories in order to make sense of our world. But where we can look back at past cultures and find, essentially, the prevailing myths of specific peoples, in America, there does not seem to be a single, congruent story by which our society is unified. To quote Joseph Campbell, “life today is so complex, and it is changing so fast, that there is no time for anything to constellate itself before it’s thrown over again.” Continue reading

New book!

My most recent book published through Blurb.com has been delivered and looks great! It is a collection of photographs taken during my last year living in an apartment. We had the privilege of living on a third floor, West facing unit that afforded some incredible sunset views. This book presents some of the best.

For a full preview of the book you can click on the Blurb page at the top of my blog, or simply CLICK HERE.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it!

While there, be sure to check out my other book Blue Mule!