Pictory is the perfect passion project. The site’s creator Laura Brunow Miner picks a theme, has people submit a photo with an accompanying story on that theme, and then strings them together to create the most striking stories. (Photo equivalent of This American Life, anyone?)
Each picture is strong on its own. The story helps too. But scrolling through a series of large-form, carefully selected photos on a subject such as “Are You There, Dad?” or “Coming Home,” is positively heart wrenching. Some themes are more playful than others (see: “Sorry, Mom!“). And then it hits you that this incredible experience is brought to you by one woman who took her interests one step further. The complete picture is pretty impressive.