“Where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken and time’s forever frozen, still…”
Everyone has something to say, a story to tell, and sometimes words don’t work. You can interpret people’s emotions and situations, sometimes better in a visual capacity, compared to an oral one.
Photography allows you to step into somebody else’s shoes and see their struggles, happiness, and sadness. There lies a deeper impact when you see a photograph that hits you in the face or connects with you on another level. It’s those powerful images that help shape our thoughts and feelings about life and motivate us to make decisions or change our approach.
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce, and bring all the memories stored within it flooding into our minds the moment we set our eyes upon it.
A photograph portrays stories in life that words cannot explain, and sometimes, it may also be a secret of a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. You might’ve wondered while going through the gallery as to why you had to make that particular emotion, or where you were looking at while the picture has been taken. The so-called “randoms” are the ones that hold the best memories of it all. The ones that boost our curiosities into action, making us relive those moments in life.
Photography also provides views into the world as we had never seen it with our naked eyes; freezing the motion of running horses, speeding bullets, shattering glass, and dripping liquids; zooming into the microscopic world of insects, bacteria, and viruses; zooming out to provide distant views of planets, stars, and galaxies; opening a window into spectra we could’ve never seen otherwise.
Photography is the underdog of man’s creations. While it may not seem significant as traveling to the moon or achieving flight, it allows us to make moments in time, timeless. Photos of landmarks, photos of love, even capturing the vastness of the universe for us to finally behold.
No matter what your language is, or where you’re from, you’ll always realize the story behind a photo when you see it. So yeah, maybe a photograph can’t change the whole world, but a small part of the world for sure. A significant turnover in history, a truly remarkable thing that we often take for granted.
By Rtr. Jithaka Alexander