As I’ve been organizing my website, trying to figure out the best way to display my work I cannot seem to decide if I want to place my photos into stories, collections or categories.
I really love photo stories, especially ones from Jared Polin who has been a big inspiration for me wanting to do documentary style photography and create a set of images that tell a story. It’s definitely not an easy thing to accomplish but it is inspiring to me nonetheless.
On the other hand I don’t often get many chances to create these photos stories and instead of create single photos that don’t have a story and that is okay with me but trying to organize them in a way that looks good to showcase on my website is something that has been rather difficult for me to accomplish.
I looked at many, many photographers websites and many of them do the typical “Portraits, Travel, Events, Commercial, Etc” and they only share a small selection of work on each category and that might be perfectly fine if you are a working photographer. But when you are a photographer like me who shoots a magnitude of different subjects, it’s not easy to just only have a few categories. I am not trying to cater toward potential clients because well, I simply don’t have any. I rarely do photography professionally and this just my personal website where I like to share my work and a place to tell my story. If something does become of it, then great.
So back to my orginal question I keep asking myself, how should I display my work? Do I want to keep it simple and just have the common categories of genres or do I want to break it further down and create collections of things instead of genres? I am not sure.
I did create a Places category because I do have several collection of photos from a particular location, such as Boston and Mt. Washington where I could share these images together in which tell a story rather than breaking them down and placing them into several categories.
I’m thinking what I might do is keep the Places category for those type of photos from locations and then create a second category called Projects or Portfolio where I can put individual photos into a category that makes sense.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.