Why do we take pictures?

Every picture you take creates a memory, yet by taking it you actually distance yourself from the artificial reality of what you are taking a picture of. What does photography mean to you?

To me, as a photography student, I believe it is a way to analyse the world around us. Most of the things that we see or do reflect different actions that have influenced are past. The only thing to remind us of our past is photography. When looking at photography most people think of it in terms of  black and white. Even though I disagree with that I do agree that this it is what people are trying to make it become.

Most photographs today are taken while saying the absurd phrase ”smile”! What that’s actually doing is distancing ourselves from the reality of the situation and making it into a fake one. I am not actually saying that this is a bad thing. No matter what face you make to mask your emotions, you can always unravel it through photography.  To me, photography is like poetry, when you dissect it, it becomes harder to understand. That’s why in a few years when I look back on smiling photographs, I won’t see the memory I had, but the smile. Eventually the smile would create its own story, the original memory would however be lost.

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
― Diane Arbus

Memories are created by taking photos without posing, whether its; building sandcastles, watching the sunset, playing a game, meeting family… of course there is more. When dissecting these memories everything becomes more natural and vivid. While it is important to pose for photographs occasionally,  we must not forget that the fun comes from actions and not just a smile.

Photography is a way for us to escape our busy, complex society . It lets us travel back to the past.  Don’t you think that the best photos that you took are the ones which tell you a story? I encourage you to take more of those!