It was 90 years ago when the first commercially available camera came up: it was a 35mm film camera. Photography has come to define our everyday lives in many powerful ways – whether it is that selfie in a trial room to send a picture of your dress to a friend for her advice, or if it is to capture a beautiful phenomenon of nature that you may never get a chance to see again, or to prove that history is being made. Photographs have come to define us, our way of communication and our way of expressing ourselves.
The power of photography and the emotions it can convey through a square image are a combination of myriad nuances. It’s just like looking at a sunrise, or the waves of the ocean ebbing and flowing. You know what it is, you know what it makes you feel. You can’t put it into words, but you feel it, nevertheless. The biggest deal clincher in photography is that it is tangible memory: the closest you’ll come to preserving the imagery of a time bygone. If we lived in a world without photography, we would live in a world of too many memories to share, but no language to say it all in. I’d like to leave you with Jhumpa Lahiri’s lines from The Namesake, when the family makes a trip and leaves their camera behind – and has no way to record memories:
“Try to remember it always,” he said once Gogol had reached him, leading him slowly back across the breakwater, to where his mother and Sonia stood waiting. “Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.”
With that, we wish you a Happy World Photography Day! Keep those cameras clicking!