Unlike a 'written' book, which contains a finite amount of words, a picture book contains literally every word you know. I love to read, but I enjoy picture books for the simple reason that I get to read whatever story I see in the images based on who I am and how I interpret the images based on my history, my joys and sorrows, and even my day right up to the moment I pick up the book.
Maybe that's one of the reasons I love photography so much - the ability to capture a moment that tells an entire story simply by making a record of the configuration of light at one pivotal moment.
No sound. No motion.
No reference what so ever beyond the light as it was configured and frozen at that exact moment.
There is an amazing elegance in capturing that one amazing story telling image and I can feel it in my core every time I capture 'that' image on any given day out shooting. That feeling is what drives me to keep rolling off shots... it is the very core of my personal passion for photography.
But... I must admit that there are exceptions where I think the story is just too big for one single frame. Maybe I just need to hone my photographic skills, but sometimes I just can't get the whole story in one frame.
Here are a few examples of when the images I captured just compelled me to give in to a multi-image story.
Detail Photos from Blacksmith set -