What is in a photo? Why can’t I resist taking them?
In this world of social media, we all look at photos that are taken on a daily basis. We feel emotions! We laugh! We smile! We cry! But why? My friend recently shared a photo with me of her daughter laughing. Even though I was not in the room with her when the picture was taken, I instantly smiled and could hear that unique laugh in my mind!
Your memories, experience and senses are all activated by simply looking at the photography! You recall things that are familiar to you. Photographs bring up emotions. Your reaction to a photograph may not be the same reaction that the person next to you has. A picture that might spark feelings of warmth and happiness to you, might bring another person sadness. A picture that reminds me of a time riding in a car staring out the window as a child, might remind you of horse back riding or long walks. And in this way photography is art!
As we grow up memories fade into the oblivion that we call our lives. Things that were once recalled so easily are not as easily remembered. They get entangled in our minds and pushed back into the deeper parts of our brains to only be recalled with prompting and deep thought.
Some people that have dementia or Alzhiemer’s may forget significant people in their lives. But, after looking at a photo from years ago can all of the sudden remember the person that is before them if even for a moment. The web of memories is untangled.
For example, when you look back at photos were taken during your childhood; that memories from that time come back like a flood. It is like that one snippet brings back to life feeling and memories that you can vaguely remember otherwise. It can sometimes feel like traveling back in time, but never leaving the now.
I love to share with others! Sharing brings me so much joy! I love to share about moments that happen with friends and family, or telling a funny story about something that happened. I try, but sometimes I can’t get the person to fully grasp the story I am telling. When I realize this I say, “Well I guess you would of had to been there!” When this happens I walk away almost disappointed that the person couldn’t enjoy the moment that I experienced with me.
I so badly want others to be able to understand the world from my heart and from my point of view; to see the amazing, beautiful, or breathe taking moments that life has to offer. With photography words are not hard! Photography is a universal language, understood by all! When I show someone a photo they know exactly what I saw; without even being there and without words.
There is more to photos than images. Photos are magical! And, I can not resist the magic! I love to burst out the camera and capture the moment! To tell the story! To encapsulate it in a art that brings so much meaning to myself and others!
What do you find magical about photography? Why do you like or dislike to take pictures or have pictures taken?