The Stories Within Pictures #1: A Small World Full of Details

Many readers love Sherlock Holmes’ stories and I have to admit I am one of them. Adventures and stories of Sherlock Holmes have always something to say to readers and moreover, speaking about storytelling and photography, many of these detective mysteries have a lot to say to Lomography enthusiasts too.

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”

(a citation from Sign of Four written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, p. 124)

221 B Baker Street, London

I want to start this series with the most famous fictional detective, not only because I love the very essence of this fictional man who considers himself to be married to his work and believes that women are less intelligent. However, he was outwitted by one of us, my dear ladies. But the main reason is that Conan Doyle created a world which for many readers has been more than real for decades. Actually, many people do believe that Sherlock Holmes really lived and occupied the famous 221 B Baker Street. And, quite interestingly, they do not want to admit that he is just a character from books. Why is it so?

The great storyteller has a gift to create a new world, a small world which is reflection of our own life and stories. In fact, it is a kind of transformation of the real world. Speaking about Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, readers are invited in Conan Doyle’s small world where every detail is of utmost importance. The mystery and its solution is based on details and how much attention you pay to it. Sherlock Holmes not only sees he observes.

Taking photos which are able to tell a story is very similar to detective work. We do not just see the world around us, we observe and choose the details which compose the story we would like to tell to the rest of the world. A photographer is a storyteller and a good photographer is also a detective, observing the details, having mind rebelling at stagnation and craving for mental and pictorial exaltation.

“What an eye you have!” said Watson to his friend, Sherlock Holmes, in Gloria Scott adventure. If Sherlock was a Lomographer too, Watson would have to say it again. “What an eye you have!”

Photo and words by Erika Grendelova. Originally from Slovakia, Erika now lives in the Czech Republic and travels a lot to UK and Finland. Read more articles from her series here.

written by erikagrendel on 2011-12-22 in #lifestyle

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