The only question this poses for me is have we ‘lost the plot’
Whilst experts differ in their definition of story, it’s widely recognized that great stories have context/setting, protagonist/character/hero, antagonist/struggle/challenge/villain, solution/action and outcome/tragedy/victory
Now, take a look at the picture below. There is a clear setting/context. The main characters are the father and his son (protagonists). You could make an argument that they are fighting natural elements (antagonist). But to call this a story you have to be able to answer the question – “what happened next?”
If you asked ten viewers to imagine what happened next, you would get ten different answers. So perhaps it’s fairer to say that photographs can be a powerful element in story telling.
To refer to my photograph as a story is surely going too far.
What do you and your readers think?