I’m not very good with words, but enjoy communicating with others. To solve the problem, I’m learning the skills of photography and use this media to express my stories. It has not been easy, since photography was not as simple as I initially thought. Point and shoot was only part of the equation. There is a lot more than aiming and pressing the shutter button.
I’ve been taking snapshots for over six years now and blogging for several years more. After retiring, I have all the time in the world to go out and roam the city or our house in search of subjects to convey my stories. Some of them are good, others not so good, and others outright ugly. But that’s okay. I understand there is a learning curve for just about anything in life.
Over all these years of learning photography, I’ve learned that photographs are very powerful. The images aren’t just a solitary snapshot of a single moment. They are far-reaching reminders of memories both good and bad. They are catalysts for emotional reactions. They are powerful connections to something larger than yourself and visual representation of your inner most desires and fears.
No collection of words, or sequence of sentences can match the impact of a powerful image. Seeing something, whether it be a horrific image of a war or an inspiring example of humanity, instantly makes it real. It makes everything relatable on a personal level.
Images can more succinctly represent this world than complicated prose. A strong image doesn’t need an explanation because the content of the photograph speaks for itself. Pictures are wonderfully complex in their simplicity: One image con tell an entire story.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. An image can capture the essence of something powerful, more than any writer or poet. An image is simple: it’s right there in front of you, completely unfiltered. Words can get lost in translation and taken out of context; their meaning confused and misinterpreted. Images aren’t just a mixture of colors caught on paper or displayed on a computer screen. They are something that can stir and evoke raw emotions inside us.
Psychologists explain that images help to easily convey four key stimulants: expectations, emotion, motivation and culture. All four obviously hold a significant importance in daily human life and tap into the innate id. Image and visuals also elicit projections from the perceiver.
Today my story is about a lovely flower hovering above a large cup on our dining table. I will say no more. The flower speaks for itself.