Growing up as a teenager, I became a huge fan of The Cure. In particular, one song has always stood out for me, “Pictures of You”. As the song queued up today, I was taken back to some of my memories from the past. The melody served as an instantaneous hook into so many past experiences. Naturally, I couldn’t mistake the similarities to photography – especially with this song.
The song dives into how important a photograph can be in our lives. We can become obsessed with them – needing to revisit them often for the solace they provide. I remember years ago reading about a survey that asked people what they would rescue from their home if it caught fire. Overwhelmingly, people first chose the living members and then their photos. Our photos are one of our most cherished assets.
Having wrapped up my family vacation in Paris, I wanted to do a little analysis on just what sort of photos I’ve actually taken. Fifty percent were of nature and flowers, thirty percent were of architecture, ten percent were of city life and ten percent were abstract or macro shots. Notice anything missing from this? In case you didn’t, I had exactly 1 photo of family – the people I spent the last week with.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of photographing people. I hate candid shots despite usually wishing that I had more of them to look back on. I suppose many prefer the smiling faces and awkward poses, but I love the purity of the moment. I prefer to fill those photos with the memories on my own – allowing me to revise them as my own thoughts and feelings evolve on the moments captured.
It’s an interesting paradox, to say the least. The things we decide to photograph says so much about who we are as individuals. We view the world through our own lens, it’s no surprise different parts of the visual world intoxicates us.Read More