It’s said a photo is worth 1,000 words.
Sometimes, I wonder if it’s more.
In this day and age of social media and technology and with so many mediums for communication taking back seats to something newer and better, I am often reminded how important and timeless a photograph is.
One photo can be a memory for years and years.
Sure, videos are great things. So are other ways of seeing the past. But a photo – it captures a moment in time that somebody can be whisked off to with one glance at the image.
I was reminded this at work Thursday.
Part of my job as a communications specialist is taking photos. I do video as well. I also design publications, write stories/releases, deal with media when necessary etc. But the best part of my job, without a doubt, is the photography.
This morning was the first day of school in the one district where I work and I was at the elementary school bright and early capturing kids as they arrived, along with parents sending them off etc.
As I went through the photos, processing them and looking at each one, I’m reminded how important a photograph can be in showing a story.
I love photography. Over the years, I’ve done it at different levels, be it personal or a wedding, or newspaper, or something else. I love snapping a photo and knowing I’ve captured something in time. I’ve done my best in the past few years to try and capture my family as much as possible, too, as I believe it’s extremely important.
Still, there are times when I think people tend to forget about how important photography is, be it digital or film. Any photo — be it a silly selfie or a cute candid, or something else — holds many memories. The photos can trigger so much.
Photography, when done right, is something more than an image. And while I agree that phones, point-and-shoots and things like that are amazing these days as compared to when it first started, there is still something more when it involves somebody who has taken the time to learn a craft. I’m not saying I’m the best by any means, but I always try and find something special when I am shooting.
That’s something that makes me truly love my job for the most part. It’s not all cake and candy by any stretch, but for the most part, I get to capture some fun things and help these kids and their families create memories they can always look back on.
Don’t underestimate a photo … and I say that without putting a photo with this post. Go figure!
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