Over the last month, I have created a few digital albums and archived all my trip albums from this year. Following this process, I stopped to think about what I love most about taking these photos and I would like to share my view with you.
Of course we all love physically taking shots - shooting new subjects, trying out new tricks and tips we’ve read about, and using different exposures, angles and elements to create unique and interesting photography. But aside from the action of taking a shot, another aspect of photography that I have come to appreciate is when I look back at the image and realize I have captured a moment – one personal and special to me. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like a mental video reel; I can relate back to that exact moment in time, remembering what the weather was like, who I was with, how I felt, the nearby sounds and smells, where I was standing when I took the shot. I can reminisce in that one memory that I have saved through a single photo. Even years later, even if I haven’t seen the photo in 10 years, I can look at it and remember that moment; my body reacts and feels in nearly the same way as I remember what it was like at that moment in time. Pictures have strong emotional ties. Then can bring to light emotions that you’ve been bottling up or spark emotions that you haven’t felt in a long time. It’s an amazing feeling re-living the memory, and hopefully you keep more photos that stimulate joy or excitement rather than sadness or regret.
Looking at our photos creates that feeling of nostalgia - of a time in history (either recent or long ago) that we want to remember forever or that have a special place for us. You know how most moms love going through your baby albums? It’s not only because of how cute you were in your little hat, but because of the memories that are revived when they flip through that album. And there’s always a story to go along with those pictures that further solidifies that memory for those who were present. And with baby photos, there are usually a few embarrassing stories to go along with each one too…
Every photographer has a few favourite shots they take pride in. Photos that you have shared on social media, hung up at home or display on your desk at the office. I think we have favor these photos not necessarily because we like how the picture turned out or because it is a particularly great shot, but because it represents a moment that we cherish and want to remember often when we look at it. It’s not necessarily pride in how good the shot was, but what the shot represents.
I think this quote sums it up perfectly:
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
What does photography mean to you?
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.