Sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
The five basic senses of a human. Out of all of them, my favorite has to be sight. (Even though I’m literally half-blind.)
Well, that’s where photography comes in.
Right now, we live in the era of vision. Media is chock full of it with Snapchat, Instagram, and Youtube. Having the ability to capture an image and having the tools to do so has become taken for granted. In the past, it would have taken so much longer to take a photo with all the equipment it required. Now, we have cameras everywhere. It’s all about how good the quality of the camera is. Even now, the camera is slowly evolving from DSLRs to the newest IPhone. Photos back in the 19th century would also take much more time to process. Imagine trying to take a selfie and having to wait fifteen minutes to do it. No wonder no one smiled in pictures back then!
The one thing that hasn’t changed about photography is its ability to tell a story. We all know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and it’s true. Humans have been using pictures to tell a story for centuries. They were there before even written language existed! It’s why our professor tells us to add pictures on our blogs and why photography museums exist. They tell us stories of the past and convey emotions, without even using words.
In our age, we still use photography to tell stories. On Instagram, we post pictures of ourselves, our friends, our family, our activities, and etc.. Yet, unknowingly, what we’re doing is telling the story of our lives.
Throughout history, we’ve seen all these iconic photos. Just like the photo of Audrey Hepburn, holding a cigarette holder between her lips. Or the kiss in Times Square after the war ended.
It really makes me wonder if one of my selfies would be featured like that. Like some priced relic in a museum way into the future.
Let’s be real, guys. I’d be the new Mona Lisa.
Humans are such visual creatures. The way we perceive photographs, has so much to do with who we are as a person. For example, one person may see a dog and squeal at how cute it is, while another might see it and associate fear with it. Our interpretation tells us the story of the photo while, simultaneously, telling us the story of ourselves.
(photo taken by this guy)
So my question to you is; what story does this photo tell you?