Why we photograph?

Pickerel Rush 96DPI by Bob Grytten
Pickerel Rush 96DPI by Bob Grytten

 When I came upon this image within a very large grouping I had recently made, I had to ask the question. All the other images were of things easy to identify. Why was I drawn to this image? So, I looked to Google.

First to come up in listing was a short piece in Digital Photography School online. DPR, one of my all time favorite sources for photo related material, thanks to Lens Lugger friend Duke Miller, provided a short piece by  Matt Dutile.

“Perhaps there is a deeper psychological explanation. Our time on this earth only lasts for so long, and a camera allows us to preserve memories far past when they might have slipped our mind. It helps us pass those memories into the hands of future generations. Our photos are little legacies of the life we have led – our travels, experiences, food, family, friends, work relationships and more. Each photo is a window into a moment, and the collections of images we take over the years are a window into who we were and what we valued. Ultimately it comes down to a simple truth – seeing that moment captured makes us genuinely happy.

Photography should make you happy.” Read more

I can still remember the exact moment that this leaf caught my eye. The design of the leaf and light dip at the bottom. We are curious beings. Something deeper is likely going on here, but for now I’ll shift the question to you, and just be happy…

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