Plans today incline me to get out there and capture some moments with the ol’ Canon camera. Days like these allow me to wind down from work and the company. Capturing moments in time through photography is more important than a person actually realizes.
I’ve had this camera going on about 6 years now and can honestly say there was a point in time where going anywhere without it was incomprehensible. True, there are some moments that are just so timeless, so beautiful they’re not meant to be captured and framed – but then there are those moments that we look back on flipping through a photo album and review our own moments in “history.”
Come to think of it, I’m not really sure if people still print photos and put them in albums. Though I do use a digital camera in today’s modern time, the feeling of printing out the photos and being able to touch them enables a person to connect with that moment, even years down the road.
Yet nowadays I wonder if people really think about that. If they really think of the impact a photo actually has, when it’s not on their computer screen, in their Facebook albums, or posted up on Instagram.
Hashtagging photos is great and all, though there are certain moments in time you don’t want to share with the world; but instead keep them special and significant, known to only yourself, friends, family, S.O., or whoever else you were with at that exact time.
Sometimes you just want it to be that moment YOU remember, and not turn something that special into a popularity contest.
Really when you think about it, the same way history books were once written, a photograph is a way of notating your own history. The same way a blog or “diary” (though I never could understand those things) reflect moments past, and a video camera records things said and actions done.
An exact moment, where once wishing you could see it again is made possible, whether it’s that time you were on holiday or that person you used to hang out with. It’s a way of tracking the person you used to be, and the person you’ve become.
You can determine and evaluate progression, regression, change, additions, and subtractions in your life…a sort of “road map” that time stamps the good, neutral, and bad; but mostly the good and neutral. Though the traditional method of photography is developing a negative in order to obtain the final result, rarely do you ever capture a moment of negativity out of intention.
I think people should take photos, capture the moment, every chance they get. It’s a good way of learning, growing, understanding. Photographs can show you certain things you may not have noticed in that moment; zooming in on details unsaid, air not read.
Every time you look at a photograph, something new should be learned from it. It’s a way of pressing “pause,” and no matter how many years have passed, allowing your memory to press “play,” and resume that memory from where it left off.
It’s a way of reliving a happy moment, even when you yourself aren’t feeling too happy.
Think on that…I’m off to go capture some moments. 😉