Visual Narratives


Visual narrative is also known as visual storytelling mainly through the use of visual media which can be through moving to still imagery.

Below is a short list of important factors in relation to visual narrative –

Describing images
Reading images
Importance of context
Narrative plots
Film terminologies
Sequence – circular narrative
Linear/ non linear narrative
Controlling meaning and the message
Understand your audience.

Types of visual narratives.

Tableau vivant –

The definition of Tableaux vivant (living picture) is a idyllic arranged scene of actors that resemble a painting. usually re-staging events linked to the country.

Red Saunders
An example of a practitioner to use tableau vivant is Red Saunders, the work he produces looks painterly and depicts events that would have happened in the past. Saunders uses a technical approach to his work, re creating scenes that would have happened before the invention of camera technology. In order to represent the true nature of the time he is re-imagining, Red Saunders uses carefully thought about lighting and techniques.

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Tableau –

Tom Hunter 
Tom Hunter is a Photographer who re creates and takes influence from paintings. He focuses on archives of museums to create productions in relation to the paintings and gives them a 21st century edge. Hunter also relies on stories from newspapers to recreate scenes such as the image below: Life and death in Hackney which depicts an unfortunate death of a girl who was involved in the clubbing scene and fell into the lake intoxicated during a night out.


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