5 Card Photo Stories

Alan’s working up a 5 Card Flickr Story project to show at Northern Voice, and it’s a really fun little application to explore simple visual storytelling. Any photo on Flickr tagged with 5cardnv is sucked into a pool, where 5 photos are chosen at random and presented as a mini story. You can “keep” any of them, or roll the dice for a fresh batch, until you’re happy with the frames of the story.

Nancy White’s been playing, and saved a screenshot of the output of her mini story. Which she then uploaded to Flickr, and tagged as “5cardnv”. Where it is then placed into the pool of photos for random selection for new stories. Recursion in visual storytelling. Gotta love it.


I’d upload my 5-card-story containing the recursion to Flickr and tag it as 5cardnv, but I’m afraid something would implode due to excessive recursion.

3 thoughts on “5 Card Photo Stories”

  1. Oi- I forget in my email to say this was still under wraps, now the secret is out. No big deal. My preference is that an image of a five card story not be in the pool; it does not strictly make, IMHO, a story element, but I have no control over that.

    If possible, maybe do an alt tag for your final stories like 5cardnvstory so it is aggregatable but not in the pool (though no reason to photo them, they all have a unique url)

    Oh you crazy web kids….

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