Whenever someone experiences something and tells that story, we get certain images in our heads of how that experience was. How the surroundings looked like, what their daily lives must have been like. It doesn’t matter, if it is a story in a book, or one that we listen to, a fictional story or a “true” recollection.
And it is an amazing gift, that we have our imagination and creativity fired up, that is creating pictures in our heads. So a lot of times, I like to refrain from showing too much of how something “actually” looked like, because there is always a risk for disappointment. Whereas our imagination is designed to give us exactly what we want or expect to see.