I was looking through some old photos and thought I’d post a few. To me they are very special memories. It also got me thinking about the importance of photography.
As a photographer I just can’t grasp the idea that anyone would not want memories of themselves or of loved ones to remember later in life or to pass down to future generations. I guess you could argue that future generations might not have a clue who is in the photos and toss them in the bin (or press delete), or that we can be too obsessed with documenting every moment that the photographer behind the lens is actually not ‘present’ in the experience. Or there are those (you know who you are) who think they look bad in photos (even though they still post silly photos of themselves on facebook).
Photographs help us to remember the past. Sure we may rarely take out the photo album or have a look through the hard drive, but when we do we are always glad they are there. I don't know about you but I always get a good laugh when I pull out the family album.
I leave you with this thought: for all the major events in our lives (weddings, births, birthdays, graduations) you can guarantee there will be photographs taken, but what makes the moments in between any less important?
If this photo was never taken I would never be able to thank my mother for giving me a little boys haircut! Thanks Mom!