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That was the question asked on a photo forum.

My answer? I don’t know? Some photos do better than others in telling the story. When I want to tell a story or one photo wont do, I use a collage.

BMG selection copyright 2014 Daniel d. Teoli Jr. mr

Of course, photo/s can only tell part of the story. They all have something left out of the proverbial picture.

Monsoon Thailand Copyright 1982 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Cornered Copyright 1973 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

You would probably never know Man with Cock Ring was taken on the street.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

…or why?

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It has been said that a token of mystery or the unknown is what makes a photo. So maybe it is good that everything is not known up front.

Transwoman & Friend 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. hr

A transwoman and her friend. Infrared flash photo

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Bikers Mardi Gras #3 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

My own preference for telling a story is still the collage.

If a photo has a hard time telling as much of the story as you would like, make sure the title helps.

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New Year’s Eve…Skid Row Bar copyright 1971 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Stripper on Rooftop copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

'Saturday Matinee Lets Out' Copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr

Saturday Matinee Lets Out copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Pensioner Skid Row copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Here is a photo by Michel Folco called Friday, 31 August 1979.

http://photohostsnapshots.tumblr.com/image/120381365418

The title of the pix tells you no backstory. I think a better title to follow the image could have been:

‘He bought the shotgun with his first paycheck and was showing off to his friends.’

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De Wallen Graffiti copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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