This time of year is stressful for all of us. The holidays are a big deal to everyone, we make lists of things that need to get done, just to have the feeling like nothing gets accomplished. As a recent digital photography college graduate, I feel that one of the most important things as a young adult especially this time of year is to take photos. The holidays are such an important time of year to make memories.
Maybe it’s photos of you and your friends or family, or something you’re proud of; take the picture. Whether the photos are professional or just using a phone, take it. Photographs are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. They share so much about who we are as individuals. As a photographer, I always hear stories from parents wishing they would’ve taken more photographs of their kids growing up, or an “in the moment” type of photo.
Photographs are more than just a record, they are a way of communicating. Art is a universal language. With the world on such a fast pace schedule it’s hard to keep up with everyone around you. We don’t notice the small things in life or the once in a lifetime moments. As humans we simply don’t slow down anymore.
Social media will never be dead, some don’t use it while to others it’s the first and last thing they check when they wake up in the morning or go to bed at night. We post our whole lives online, with photographs we can involve so many people into our life with a simple click of a button.
Someday down the road, something will reminds us of the past. Photographs create nostalgia. They tell a story about us that we don’t always speak. Photography allows us to share our emotions with ourselves or with others. It allows us to tell our story to the world. They allow us to showcase our adventures, personal style, interests and relationships, to mark the passing of time.
I am a sister to an American soldier and also a girlfriend to an American soldier. I have learned just how important one photograph can be. Any family who has a soldier knows that deployment can happen at any time. Having a brother and boyfriend in the military, I have learned to cherish every day. I’ve learned to think about the bigger picture.
My family can testify just how annoying it is when I take pictures, but as a photographer those pictures are priceless.
Especially with the holidays here I encourage you to take the picture. Keep it, print it out or post it online. Make the image happen, your family and friends will be glad to have those photographs and memories to look back on. Create a a legacy to leave behind for your children, your grandchildren and so on.
• Mara Rohwer is a Pilot staff member. Reach the columnist at firstname.lastname@example.org