Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Power of Photography
(Please note: I would love to share the image referenced below, but I do not have the permission of the family and refuse to intrude upon their privacy at this time. I hope you understand, and can still gain value from the words alone)
I guess I shouldn’t be anymore, but I am continually amazed at how photography can bring people together and touch the lives of others in both simple and profound ways.
My photography club held a field trip to record a unique local area called the Cultural Gardens last spring, and subsequently formed an alliance with the organization that oversees its growth and maintenance to use our images to help promote visibility of this beautiful cultural amenity. Several of our photos were printed and framed and auctioned by the Federation as a fund-raiser – and one of those images was a photo of a smiling woman and her mother, posed outside the India Garden.
Word came today that the woman in the image was tragically killed in a car accident last week – and the photo was given to her family and displayed at the funeral home as a memento of happier times. It helped to bring healing at a time of profound loss – and will help to keep her memory alive for years to come.
Photography can be many things beyond the alchemy of art and science swirled together to capture a moment in time. It can touch lives and bring healing long after the image is made - and we never really know the potential impact of the next click of the shutter.