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Do you want to know why is photography important in everyday life?
I started taking photography more seriously a little over two years ago and my life as changed ever since.
So here’s why taking pictures is important in most people’s lives.
Photography is important because it allows people to see the world from different points of view and to admire the most different scenarios and situations captured in a frozen moment.
Photography is so powerful that it allows you to bring experiences to others in the form of images and it enables the diffusion of information of things as they really are.
What is Photography?
Photography is a vision. Photography is art. Photography is imagination. Photography is observation. Photography is exploring the world and day to day to life with a camera.
Whether you are a professional or an amateur, if you’ve picked up a camera in your hands for the first time or if you are just shooting with your smartphone, you are probably feeling the same way as I do when taking a picture.
Photography is a powerful tool to tell a story, to share a moment, to spread information. Photography is a creative process and a way to express your idea through images and convey emotions to the viewer.
A single blog article is not enough to tell what photography is, probably not even a book.
All I can say is that when you take a picture you are performing a powerful action. You are freezing time. You are enabling someone else to enjoy that moment in all the details and you are enabling that moment to be forever.
How Has Photography Changed in Recent Years
Evolutions in technology and the spread of fast Internet connections are the main factors that changed this art form in recent years. Information, day to day life and art are expressed through digital images through the Internet with the simplicity of a click.
It’s easier today than never before to learn how to take photos thanks to online tutorials, dedicated websites like this one and YouTube. You can learn with your phone from anywhere and anytime. You can even use your phone as a camera.
Digital cameras have become smaller and more accessible to everyone. Internet platforms such as Instagram, 500px, Flickr and many others, made it possible for photographers to have a window to the world and share their work so easily that today, everyone for bad or good can be a photographer. There are no barriers. No restrictions.
The Importance of Photography
The importance of photography simply lies in the fact that without it, we wouldn’t be able to preserve memories of important moments of our lives and history.
Think for a moment of some of the most influential images ever taken.
These photos are much more than simple pictures. They represent the world, humanity, us. They tell us what we’ve achieved as humanity.
Photos show to all of us the extraordinary abilities we have but they also remember to us the horror that we are able to produce.
Some of these photos become history because they were the first of their genre, others because they help us understand who we are and give us a glimpse of the world and events that we didn’t even know or remember.
The importance of these iconic images together with countless others helps us shape our history and form opinions to make better decisions in the future.
Photography can not only tell us about the past but it can also change the future.
Over 800 feet over Manhattan these men having a break casually chatting and having a smoke during the construction of the Rockefeller Center. This image helped to affirm the idealistic belief that New York is unafraid of undertaking any projects.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc was nine when this photo was taken. The horror of war is represented in this photo through the desperate screaming of children surrounded by soldiers. Phan Thi Kim Phuc was naked because she was hit by napalm. This photograph became a symbol of the politics against the atrocities of the Vietnam War.
Taken from the lunar orbit during the Apollo 8 mission. This spectacular pictures helped the rise of the environmental movement.
H.S. Wong took this photo in Shangai in the aftermath of the conflict against Japan. One of the most important pictures of all time.
Photography is Art
Photography is important because it’s a form of art.
Like painting, with photos, you can create an image and add your interpretation to it. You can paint with light, you can use software to edit and add your touch to images.
Playing with light and shadows, colors and contrasts, composing images through elements of visual art and harnessing the power of science and digital devices to deliver a representation of the world as YOU, the photographer, see it.
Photos as Medium of Information
News are told through words and photographs. Images are used by journalists to deliver information and document events creating pictures that not only spread material of public interest, but are also pleasant to look at and entertaining.
Photography as a Hobby
You can start taking photos at any age. It’s fun, you are not pressured or challenged by anyone. Photography makes you explore the world around you and gives you an excuse to go out, to travel more, to learn and experiment.
It’s important because it helps you stay present in the moment and find inspiration to experience locations and moments from different perspectives.
Photography is a Language
You can be explicit with words, tell stories, write blogs, and send messages in a clear way so that everyone can understand it.
With photographs, you have to create your own language. You have to dig deeper and find a different way to “talk” and express yourself.
What is Photography to Me
To me, photography is important, because it gives me the motivation to share meaningful moments and it gives me the opportunity to challenge myself and learn always new techniques.
Thanks to photography I was able to travel more, stay in nature, meet new people, spend more time with my family and stay healthy. It brought me joy and made me a better person. More aware and respectful of the environment and the world around me.
Thanks to photography I was able to create this website, share with the world the knowledge I gained and connect with like-minded people and learn from them while establishing meaningful relationships.
What I Hope I Can Achieve
I hope that with photography I can inspire and motivate people to become explorers of the world, to live every day to the fullest and share meaningful stories with everyone.
I hope that I can grow this website to the point where millions of people can learn for free and stay motivated in their journey as photographers.
How Photographs Tell What’s Important to People
Photos are often memories of meaningful moments that often are more valuable to us than anything else.
Preserving those memories is crucial because they allow us to experience again those moments and see things from new perspectives each time. That’s why the important role of photography in our lives is constantly growing and we always find ways to keep our digital photos organized and avoid losing those valuable stories.
What is Photography To You?
Now it’s your turn. What is photography to you? I want to hear what motivates you and what inspires you.
What do you like about it and what would you like to learn in the future. Let’s talk. Write your thoughts in the comments section below!