The power of a photo
It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! I apologise that it’s a little late in the day, but better late than never.
To those attending Photoshop World, I hope you have a fantastic conference and get to absorb a load of knowledge from the amazing instructor line-up!
Today, I want to touch on the importance of photography and the time-travelling opportunities it presents. Photos play an important role in everyone’s life, as well as being the things we photographers take pride in, practice, and on top of that, they remind us of places, people, feelings, smells, and evoke memories of what was happening at the time the photo was taken. Personally, each photo serves as a reminder of what happened throughout the day the photo was taken, evoking memories of trips overseas and childhood memories in a similar way that music can. Photos have been proven to stimulate our minds to such an extent that things we thought were long forgotten can be stirred up, including vital clues to events in history and important facts.
Photography helps us document events and moments in time, finding things in common and sharing experiences post-event.
Perhaps the reason being this evocation caused by photos is that when we capture an image, we freeze the memories that go along with it. It can encapsulate that moment in time in such a way that we can reinvigorate the memory years after it was taken, in particular, when the emotions that run alongside it are stronger than usual.
Photos are stories and there’s a story behind every image. By looking at photos, we can conclude a lot of things based on the photographer’s skill and actions beyond the visuals. The story can be contained within a single image as a result of the skills we learn and utilise as photographers, and we can even inspire others through our photography. We can inspire others to travel, to enjoy life, to celebrate moments, to become aware, or to build connections.
Photography is art, it’s science, and it’s a skill that goes beyond either of those things as well. Photography is something special and I’m proud to be a photographer.