DearPhotograph: Photographs Are Like Memories

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What you see is never quite what was actually there. Colors and contracts are false, light leaks erase parts of the scene. With time, photos - just like memories - can fade completely.

But with photographs, something can be captured that cannot be explained. A sense of nostalgia, a scent of someone you miss or a reminder of a friendship formed years, decades, ago.

DearPhotograph is a blog dedicated to these memories. Rather than seeing a photograph as just an image, they are seen as something more: a window or portal into a time that once was.

A glimpse into the past…

A photograph gives us time to stop for a moment and reflect. To think about all the things that have changed since we were young, but also to remember the constants in our life. People, buildings and even entire towns can change but there will always be something left, captured in emulsion, to remind us of a time that once was. It could be the family car that’s still there; now covered in rust and weeds growing out of the headlamps, that would take you to football practice on the weekends. Or a fence at the end of your garden that separated your childhood kingdom from the big scary world on the other side.

Whether the feelings invoked by a photograph or a memory of the the past are happy or sad, they should always be considered as a positive. It’s these emotions that remind us we’re alive.

So get out there. Capture those moments and create those memories, because years from now someone else might look back on them and yearn for a time that once was.

written by thewretched on 2011-07-12 in #lifestyle #tipster #lomography #dear-photograph #analogue-lifestyle #tumblr #photograph #memories #blog #image #nostlagia

20 Comments

  1. nleppa
    nleppa ·

    Picture in picture. I like it!

  2. daihowell
    daihowell ·

    This is a brilliant article. It sum's up the reason I started taking photographs.

  3. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    Thanks @daihowell :D Glad you appreciate it.

  4. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Love this.

  5. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    Love it!

  6. fendyfazeli
    fendyfazeli ·

    loveee :)

  7. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    Thanks, guys! Much appreciated :D

  8. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    love it!

  9. lemmy
    lemmy ·

    love the pictures!

  10. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    this amazing! and so melancholic...

  11. cherry_west
    cherry_west ·

    Brilliant idea! Lovely photos!

  12. foodeanz
    foodeanz ·

    Amazing discovered!!! suddenly, i think bout my past....my old photos taken at my old house...

  13. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    Thanks for all the likes and comments, Lomofriends! Keep them coming! (:

  14. ramalama
    ramalama ·

    this is awesome. love it all. :)

  15. zooweemomma
    zooweemomma ·

    huge like!

  16. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    great shots :) thanks for sharing

  17. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    LOVE

  18. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    photos like ghosts

  19. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    photos like ghosts

  20. brixwillbeshat
    brixwillbeshat ·

    Oh, I love the "Dear Photograph" blog ( dearphotograph.com/ ); I started following it a few weeks ago on Tumblr, and each entry causes a special kind of emotion. It's a fantastic site.

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