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DearPhotograph: Photographs Are Like Memories

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

20 comments

  1. nleppa

    nleppa

    Picture in picture. I like it!

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  2. daihowell

    daihowell

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

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  3. thewretched

    thewretched

    Thanks @daihowell :D Glad you appreciate it.

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  4. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Love this.

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  5. jojo8785

    jojo8785

    Love it!

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  6. fendyfazeli

    fendyfazeli

    loveee :)

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  7. thewretched

    thewretched

    Thanks, guys! Much appreciated :D

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  8. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    love it!

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  9. lemmy

    lemmy

    love the pictures!

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  10. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    this amazing! and so melancholic...

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  11. cherry_west

    cherry_west

    Brilliant idea! Lovely photos!

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  12. foodeanz

    foodeanz

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

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  13. thewretched

    thewretched

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

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  14. ramalama

    ramalama

    this is awesome. love it all. :)
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  15. zooweemomma

    zooweemomma

    huge like!

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  16. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    great shots :) thanks for sharing

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  17. freyfrey

    freyfrey

    LOVE

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  18. j_robert

    j_robert

    photos like ghosts

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  19. j_robert

    j_robert

    photos like ghosts

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  20. brixwillbeshat

    brixwillbeshat

    Oh, I love the "Dear Photograph" blog ( http://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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