Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Memory, Loss and the Power of Photography
Memories are more valuable that gold. At least to me. As time passes I find them more and more precious. Memory drives me to make photographs, a tool to capture fleeting moments and restore them to fullness in my mind later. Photography has a special power.
This morning I read the following tweet by @timmoolmanphoto
Don't underestimate the value of what you do.“@jeremycowart: MUST read for photographers. http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/” @kikiphoto
For those of you who don't speak Twitter don't worry, I'll translate. Tim Moolman identified a link to photographer Jeanine Thurston's blog Fototails Photography.
The post titled, "A letter on my door step. portraits are more than paper." is one of the most powerful messages about the simple power of pictures I have ever read. It talks about photography as it relates to normal, everyday life. Not the drama of war or famine or exotic locations. Just life in the way most of us will embrace it.
Take a moment and read it. She posted it yesterday and it already has over 500 comments.
It's short. It's sad. It's a potent reminder of what is important in life.