Photo Journal | Does It Have Benefit in Writing?

This post is an experiment in multiple things:

Via Wikipedia
Via Wikipedia
  • Did I manage to get decent photos on our recent trip to the coast?
  • Am I capable of using them in a blog post that relates to writing and/or memoir?
  • Did I miss my calling as a photo journalist?

Answers coming up!

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Last week we spent the first three days of the week relaxing at the Oregon coast. Three years had passed since our last visit, and time there was long overdue.

So, we packed up and went despite weather predictions of storms and rain, which I dearly love at the coast. But those weather prognosticators were wrong and the weather was heavenly.

Here’s a little overview of time spent outdoors and experiencing The Oregon Coast Aquarium. I wonder if they’ll have benefit beyond this post.

Sunset at Depoe Bay
Sunset at Depoe Bay
Time for lunch!
Time for lunch!
Watching you!
Watching you!
Meet Jelly
Meet Jelly
Breezy Anemone
Breezy Anemone
“Tidepool” for touching
Sand, surf and a lone gull
Sand, surf and a lone gull

It’s clear National Geographic photographers have nothing to fear from me. And I’m not certain I’ve answered the questions above. What I do know is I think I’ll stick to writing.

However, as a writer, I can see some of these images being used as writing prompts to exercise one’s writing skills, to unlock the creative mind, or to daydream about where you’ve been and what you saw.

Photos can be an essential part of writing memoir and truly they enhance a story. Whether you’re pro quality in your photo taking or an amateur, take photos — they come in handy in many ways.

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9 thoughts on “Photo Journal | Does It Have Benefit in Writing?

  1. You captured some great images, Sherrey. I took a lot of inspiration for my WWI-era novel in progress from pictures my grandmother took around that time. Through her photos, I could see what people wore, how they fixed their hair, what their farms looked like. Because of her, photography is an important part of my story.

    1. Thanks, Carol, for stopping by and for your kind words. Isn’t it just amazing to look at the differences in photos our parents or grandparents have passed down, i.e. clothing, hair styles, vehicles, etc.? I have loved looking at photos you’ve posted on your blog from time to time. And I treasure every family photo I have; my brothers wanted none so I got them all!

  2. It’s not that you missed your calling as a photo-journalist; you are very talented in more than one area, that’s for sure. I agree, visuals whether drawings or photographs, enhance writing. Most of my blogs posts include photos, leading the reader into the text. I’m glad you copyrighted the jelly-fish pic–fabulous!

    1. Hello, dear friend! Love having photos around me and my work space and yes, in my blog posts. Definitely the jelly-fish did a good job of swimming slowly enough that I got a good one!

  3. Sherrey, as you know I love to take photographs. (Didn’t Paul Simon once say that?) And I agree, that photos are great writing prompts. There is one photo that I took in Alaska that has, so far, prompted three separate writing projects for me.
    You said you’re no competition for National Geographic photographers (think about the equipment they have), but your photos are lovely.
    Blessings!

    1. Oh, Joan, Paul Simon said it, yes! Lucky you to get three projects out of one photo. I love Nat’l Geographic photography — and yes, it’s due to the $$$ they have to spend on equipment. Thankfully God gave me good eyes to see their workmanship. 🙂
      Blessings to you,
      Sherrey

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