Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
Why do we all like pictures so much? Pictures of our friends, family, pets, relatives, homes, yards, vacation trips or just plain landscapes and/or exotic places like you see in National Geographic.
I’ll admit I love pictures. I love taking them and exhibiting them. I have pictures hanging and displayed all over my house and office. I’ve taken thousands upon thousands over the course of my career in photography. I have them printed in photo albums, stacked in boxes and portfolio cases and thousands more on my various computers as digital files. I have more pictures than I know what to do with and not enough time to even go through and edit them all.
So what’s the magic behind pictures? I think it’s what the photograph represents. It might be a memory of some special event or a simple reminder of your child when he/she was young, but now grown up and off on her own.
It may be a touch of nostalgia or the desire to “get away” to that exotic place depicted in that photograph taken in Ireland or the Bahamas. There are so many reasons WHY we love photographs. I believe there’s an element of escapism in images.
Pictures have great expressive power as we have seen since Daguerre invented the first photographic process. Photographs can change peoples perceptions about a given situation or event. Photographs have been used for propaganda purposes either knowingly or as a side effect of reporting a war like we have seen with the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
Photographs are like mirrors giving us little glimpses and sometimes insight into our past.
I love being surrounded by my pictures because they tell my story. They remind me of the good times as well as the bad.
Pictures are my way of holding on to and reliving the past even if its just for a brief moment.