Pictures! Why do we have them? Why do we take them? What makes a good picture? I overheard a conversation the other day, where two people were talking about people taking pictures all the time. They were saying: "People can't go anywhere without taking a picture. They take pictures of their dinner, face, kids, pets, breakfast and so on. And this selfie ting has gone mad hasn't it?" I was quietly giggling to myself as I understand their point of view, as they felt that we should enjoy the moment and remember it there and then and mentally take a picture in our heads. I totally understand where they are coming from. Personally though, I believe that a picture creates a thought in our head, which then creates a feeling which then creates an action. A picture can make you think something which makes you feel something which makes you do something....This picture I took in Wales, whilst my family were walking and playing on the beach. So the feelings this picture creates for me is love, spring and good times. In a way that is very powerful that a picture can do that. In this culture of selfies and filling all social media with pictures, I have been thinking a lot about what makes a good picture and why we take so many. I believe it's just a way of documenting our experiences. It's not actually a new concept. It's just technology has moved on so we all have access to a device which can take pictures. We have been taking pictures to document moments in our lives for a very long time. In the 1800s people took pictures with their loved ones after they had passed, in particular when children died. They called the photographer before they called the funeral director. The picture was taken so that they could remember them forever. It was to eternalise them.
So what makes a good picture for me, won't necessarily mean that it is a good picture for you. A picture has to have a emotional connection, create a thought, which creates a feeling, which creates and action. I have taken many photos of my children, and when I look at these photos I have eternalised that moment in time and that moment exists forever because of the picture I took.
We are all eternalising and documenting our lives by taking pictures. A good picture captures a moment that is gone forever and impossible to reproduce!