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Why Photography Matters

“A key aspect of creativity is the process of finding great metaphors – symbols that represent something else.”
– Ray Kurzweil
1. Our photographs tell us what is important to us
How much of an honor it is to capture moments in people’s lives for them to pass on to their children and grandchildren. As a photographer, I sometimes get too wrapped up in trying to get the perfect exposure or the most creative composition. But that’s not what its really all about. That’s not why I became a photographer. It’s about the moment. The emotion. Documenting a person’s history to be passed down for generations.
2. Photography makes us artists
Photography allows us to express ourselves through an art form. Photography is about seeing the world and expressing your feelings about it. I think it’s an art form, not very different from poetry or painting. Rather than choosing the right words or the right brush stroke, you express your emotions through careful choice of lighting, composition, settings, etc.
A Bride writing a note to her Groom on their wedding day.
3. Photography has the power to move us
The soft skin of a newborn, the wrinkled, aged hands of a grandparent, the glistening snow of a mountaintop, the unappreciated view of a sunset — photography speaks directly to our soul without the uttering of a single word.
4. Capture the amazing range of love and emotion (in kids!)
Children and babies are amazing photographic subjects! They see the world differently, and often show a lot more emotion and love than adults. They are naturally silly and at ease. Being able to capture that is both a fantastic challenge, and a profound learning experience.
5. Capture a memory that you can have forever
With the limitless resources available today to take a simple photo — it’s easy to take the beauty of a photograph for granted. When you capture a moment, you have it forever. Each time you see that photograph, you’re reminded of the smells, tastes, and sound, and touch of that memory. It keeps that memory alive. Each photograph has a impeccable talent of being able to take us to a unique time and place — a particular fraction of a singular moment in time.
(One of my favorite family photos! Photography credit: Betsy F.)
6. The best souvenir
I had the opportunity to backpack Europe for roughly 4 weeks after I graduated college. I had a 35 lb. backpack that I lugged around to 9 destinations (London, Amsterdam, Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome, Nice, Barcelona, and Paris!). I didn’t come home with any gifts other than a full memory card from my point-and-shoot camera. Photographs as a souvenir are personal, beautiful, and has a unique story. The trinkets you buy in markets inevitably break, or clutter up your home. A stunning photo on the wall puts a smile on your face as your reminisce about your adventure.
The Coliseum – Rome Italy
7. Notice the details…
Photography changes the way you see things. It’s actually an incredible transformation to experience. Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colors, textures, people, reflections, buildings, trees, flowers… Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer. Once you start noticing the details, you start to see the beauty in the every day — in the most ordinary or unexpected places.
Venice, Italy
Why does photography matter to you? Leave me a comment 🙂

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  • Catherine Bishop - August 20, 2013 - 1:15 PM

    Amazing post, Ally! Truly hit home in all instances you describe! Due to being in a car wreck and suffering a brain trauma from the impact, which made me lose previous memories as well as making it difficult for my brain to successfully transfer short-term memories into long-term memories, I have become addicted to taking pictures and capturing moments. They are my memory now and I rely on the pictures I take to trigger my brain into remembering the events, smells, sounds, emotions, and sights of the moment captured. So glad you’re following your heart and pursuing your passion! You’re an amazing photographer and woman! Can’t wait to see the moments you stop in time and the inspiration that comes from them! Love you!ReplyCancel

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