Photographs: Memories Captured In TimeTuesday, February 15, 2011 By Ellen Hevenor
Cameras have been around for hundreds of years. Whether they be capturing childhood memories, family portraits, or finding the next cover of National Geographic, photography is undeniably a beautiful thing. When you photograph something, that moment, that split second of time, is now captured forever. The people, the background, the light- all of that is now stuck on the screen of a camera or in the 3”X5” range of a waxy piece of paper. When some people hear the word “photography”, different things flash through their mind. Some people think of a professional studio, with posed, stiff people sitting in front of a backdrop. Others think of the more artistic side of photography; they see it as a language in itself. They put together the aspects of the different angles, the lighting, the after effects. All of these things together can make a beautiful picture, no pun intended. A lot of people don’t think photography can tell a story, they just see the picture itself. However, you don’t need words to make something real. Ever heard the phrase, “words couldn’t describe,”? Photojournalism is a growing profession. It’s one of the few jobs that doesn’t require you to sit in an office all day. It allows you to travel, it allows you to express yourself. It CAN tell a story. When it comes to photography, I am an amateur to the extreme. However, someday I hope to be able to take shots like Steve McCurry . Photography, just like everything else, takes practice. So, whether you’re taking pictures for your mom at your sister’s birthday party, or hanging out of a helicopter to get an overhead shot, just know that every picture counts.