We, human beings are emotional. Life brings out the best and the worst in us. And all that comes out through emotions. Photographs are the best way to capture these emotions. And as soon as the emotions are captured in a photograph, they become memories. In fact, some of our best memories are from photographs, as explained by ace photographer William Schoellkopf.
Not only do photographs make us reminisce, but they also make us nostalgic and sentimental at the same time. Birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, and natural disasters, whatever might be the occasion, photos document them perfectly. They give us an opportunity to check the changes in our lives over time.
It is often said that a camera lies. But that’s not true. Each moment captured in a photograph once existed. Otherwise, how would it have captured. But, there is no shying away from the fact that a camera can interpret. The composition, lighting, and angles, all can be interpreted.
But therein lies the beauty of photography and also, its power. It is not accurate but it is real. A photo can inspire some, change the views of some, and shake up the ideals of some, may educate, and may inspire to act and so on. They can invoke the innermost feelings, including joy and anxiety.
Photographs not only affect our personal lives. They may also affect the public. For example, images of the Vietnam War (1965-1975 brought back from the war affected the public opinion greatly. In fact, the US army even integrated photo journalists in their combat operations so they could photograph for them.
In today’s world, social media has increased the importance of photos even more. Just consider the example of Facebook or Instagram. Not only has photo sharing become a usual activity but is also the most powerful and interesting way of communication.
In fact, the importance of photos in one’s life is so much that if it is asked of people, what they would rescue from their burning house, most of the times, their answer would be the photo album or the digital images.