Peril and Promise: Storytelling Part 2

Photos that Connect

A great photo is worth chasing after and to my mind worth great cost.  It is even better when you come away with two photos that tell a story.  Here’s what happened. 

The chase ended in Monument Valley Utah beneath an epic Monsoon Storm with a clear choice before me.  Strongly inspired I was moved  to write a short poem about the trip ending with this scene.  (Don’t worry, you don’t need to read my poem, but I included it at the bottom of this post in case you are curious about how I connected to the scene.)  My story also a parable about each of us and the choices we make..

So, here’s the thing.  The first person your photo should speak to is…Yourself!  Then your heart is evident to all who see your work.  And it will be compelling photography. Connecting to your own work is foundational in your goal to reach others. We’ll dive into the practical nuts and bolts of this in future posts, it is that important!

This is the base you must work from to find your photography style and message. Or else your work will look contrived or artificial. And it will not connect with your audience.  So think about what moves and motivates you, and then shoot with your heart.  Scroll down for photos and poem…

Oh, and please leave a comment here on my blog, it is very encouraging.  And if you share this or any my blogs with your friends, I would be honored! 

“Peril and Promise”

Peril and Promise




There are times when I leave all I hold to my heart, and begin to stray along the road,

I cannot say why I leave and choose to blow like loose leaf wanderer

But I follow the hood of my truck until, at some far time and place

I come to a long lane lying bare, at the end of my days long chase

And I see Peril and Promise!


Every traveler knows there’s another way, that leads around hard choices

Away from rain and ruinous thunder, away from the banshee voices

With a battered boxer’s pirouette, I move to escape my terror 

And that bright fist that lurks in the clouds, just waiting to correct my error!

And I see Peril and Promise


Yes, there is a promise that’s evident here, can I rise to embrace both beauty and fear?

When dreams are done uncertainty finished,  now I must choose or admit my limits!

 Ahh..the choice between Peril and Promise… 

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  1. Shelly holloway 10/15/2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Every pixel and participle…loved them

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/16/2017 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks so much for all you say and do Shelly!

  2. Lura Bailey 10/16/2017 at 5:34 am #

    I’m telling you Douglas, I see a book in your future!!

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/16/2017 at 2:23 pm #

      That would be great to have an entire book to myself! Thanks Oise

  3. Sarah 10/16/2017 at 11:38 am #

    Peril and Promise is absolutely stunning! A great illustration of life as well, sometimes when you are in the storm it can be difficult to see the sunshine just ahead.

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/16/2017 at 2:24 pm #

      Sarah, I so happy you took not only the time to click and read, but that you read with such understanding. Thanks for the great comment!

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