Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the camera had never been invented? I have.
In this day and time, we have so many things right at our fingertips that would make the generations before us simply marvel in astonishment. Let that sink in for just a moment. Wouldn't they be amazed?!
I visited Texas to further educate myself in my craft this past week, so I'll use it as my example:
If we weren't past the 20th century, not one single thing about the trip would've happened. I couldn't have possibly gotten there and back within the timeframe (airplane/car), I wouldn't have found the hotel (GPS), heck, I wouldn't have even have the purpose to go (photography as a whole!)!
You may be wondering why I'm even writing about this today....
It's because I watched the movie "Kodachrome" on Netflix the other day. Here's the short description, "A record company exec joins his estranged dad, a famous photographer who's dying, on a road trip to the last lab still developing Kodachrome film."
The title caught my eye because I recognized the name of the film manufactured by Kodak years ago, then I read the description and HAD to watch. (Annnnnnd, I love all of Jason Sudeikis' movies!) I stumbled across it while looking for a show to binge on while editing and doing paperwork.. but since it's a movie instead of a series, I decided to wait until my hubby could watch it with me. It doesn't take long to talk him into watching a movie with me because he LOVES movies and music, but he was a bit concerned when he saw the title- I mean, unless you're a photographer, it sounds nothing like what it is. As we started the movie, he was still asking questions about how it related to photography and why I wanted to watch it so we had to pause it a couple of times so I could fill him in.. it's seriously not hard to follow, he was just trying to figure out my excitement and how it related. lol
There are many moments in the movie that I loved, but my absolute FAVORITE was this line that Ben (the dad/photographer, played by Ed Harris) said to a room of admiring photographers:
"We are all frightened by time and the way it moves on and the way things disappear. But that's why we are photographers. We are preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time. We commit moments to eternity, human nature made tangible."
Before I realized it, I had squealed out "YES!" and had tears strolling down my face. Photographers ARE preservationists by nature (and in my own words, superheroes!) that can stop time. I've used the words "stop time" SO.MANY.TIMES. to describe my love of photography and what I do for my clients so my heart was about to leap out of my chest because every word resonated with why I do what I do. The thing that ALWAYS amazed me about photography is that I could take a picture and my friends and the fun we were having was captured there, just waiting to be printed!
I want you to think about the moments, the memories and the people that you've captured inside your camera. What's the first thing that everyone thinks of when they want to get when there's a bad storm headed their way, or when there's a house fire, or when someone passes away- it's always the pictures, ALWAYS. Everything else is just "stuff", but those pictures contain our memories, our heritage, and our legacy.
To leave you with one last thought... you may be reading this because you love photography. If that's you, it probably means you're behind the camera capturing all the memorable times for your family.. but that also means that there aren't many pictures of YOU.
I want to encourage you to get out from behind the camera every so often and 'exist in photos' because as much as we love to be the one taking the photos, there will come a day (hopefully not in the near future) that our families will be searching for photos of us to give to the funeral director. Make certain that they can find them, because trust me.. it's the first things they'll look for and they'll cherish them.
I want my family to remember my silly faces, my crazy laugh and tell my great-grandchildren about me... How do YOU want to be remembered?