Technologies are now available that allow people to take thousands of photographs in a single day. These technologies are seemingly a fantastic thing, however, those technologies give you the option of snapping away until you get the exact photograph that you are after, rather than working with film and limited photographs that you must make the most of. On a recent Photography Course In Bristol we looked at many examples of just how powerful photography can be.
Childhood memories can be the most emotive for many and photography has long been the only reminder of younger years for most. A look back at an image of you with long lost friends or relatives can often be priceless and it can be very fulfilling to look back and see how adoring family members were of you as a young child.
A great deal of the power of a photograph is emotion. Emotion is universal and ageless and often the loss of a loved parent or friend will affect you in the same way for the majority of your years. The parent or friend that you have lost is of course gone and the only way you can see them again is in the form of a photograph, the colours of the image will certainly over time fade but the photograph is used more to job your memory, you will certainly remember not only the time that the picture was taken but also the person in the picture, even simple things like body language and facial expression can provide you with a nostalgic warmth.
I think that the emotive appeal of photography will be lost in the future. Gone are the days that someone might keep a passport sized photograph of their wife or children in their wallet. Instead you might find them with a smart phone wallpaper of their family. A beaten old photograph holds a great deal more power than a digital and cold image displayed on a screen, in my opinion this is because that photograph is just a photograph, a smart phone has thousands of uses but a photograph is simply a print of an image that has been captured, the only reason it exists is to show that image and therefore there is no distraction to those that are looking at it.
Photography is a way of cataloguing events in your life, they can be used to record your child’s growth or to create a family album that you might look back on in the future, hopefully it won’t lose these uses over the years.