JO1 Jim Bryant
Figure 3-1.Subject of a personality feature in her environment.
Telling of characteristic mannerisms and actions
Using direct quotations in a characteristic manner
Actually describing the subjects personal
appearance, demeanor, facial expressions and dress
in his or her environment (fig. 3-1)
Giving the opinions of others about the subject
Showing how friends and associates react to the
The following personality feature excerpts should
help you see how some of the techniques are used:
Bryan Tyler of the stations
imaging facility approaches his art
seriously with strong conviction and
knowledge developed by extensive
formal training and much practice.
He does not like photo contests but
has won many. He would rather focus
on the effects of people than photograph
people themselves but does both
Tyler is a sensitive artist who why
he takes photographs. ...
photographs that relate directly to man
either by content or implication, as
Tyler puts it.
Washington, the lanky Virginian worked
primarily with official portraits.
It can be frustrating shooting
portraits, emphasizes Tyler as he
strokes his bushy black hair. Everyone
dressed the same with his only identity
worn on his sleeve and placed in the
same sterile environment. The portraits I
keep, and feel satisfied with, show
people in their own environment, or in a
In Petty Officer Tyler, I think we
have one of the Navys finest, said his
Grosbeak. Theres not one person here
who doesnt feel that way about Bryan.
even in the most mundane jobs. ...
Photography should never end,
Tyler reflects. All you should do is
meaningful purpose, either to me or to
the person for whom I am shooting.
The material presented here gives the beginning
feature writer a start in the right direction. Writing
courses, taken from time to time, can help. Criticism
from experienced feature writers and editors is a great
aid. Studying the work of other writers, as mentioned
earlier, is a fine guide to improvement. Reading about
writing alone, however, never taught anyone to write.
Like the disciplines of newswriting, the art of feature
writing is learned by doing by writing.