Visuals in story telling
I mean static pictures, either drawn or photos. The amount visuals used changes the language of story telling.
A Painting – Visual Story without words
A Graphic novel – Pictures and dialogs (text)
or Visually augmented (like this post) – Regular text stories with few images to augment the storyline.
Just text – all the images are in imagination
Each one of these have different languages and effect. A picture is equivalent to 1000 words, however a well written story can generate much better imagination than a visual.