Ask yourself a question, if you had time to save one possession from your burning house, what would that be?
I asked several of my friends and family this very question. The answers really surprised me. The mass majority answered they would save their family photographs before anything else.
When faced with losing everything you own in life, it’s interesting that we would grab our family photos rather than valuable jewelry. This impulse to save our memories is a powerful force which tells us how much the role of photography plays in our everyday lives.
We endeavor to preserve the important events and people in our lives. The birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, holidays and even death are all recorded because they matter. Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives filled with faces and places that we love. They are our story, which we can share with others. The hundreds of images come together to form a narrative of our lives.
Photographs matter because they freeze moments of our lives. Photographs are much more than a box of snapshots. Photographs can express joy and sorrow, wonder and sympathy. Photography speaks to the best and most generous part of our human nature; the desire to share what we find beautiful and interesting with others.
Photography, is a language all its own, and a powerful language at that. So pickup your camera and make some memories!