Why We Shoot — To Remember


Photographs are triggers. There’s no way around it. A single image can take you to a place or a moment so vibrant that you can almost touch it. It is this character of photography which makes it a wonderful art to practice. Simply put, one of the reasons we take photographs is because we want to remember.

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The moment you decide that you want to take a picture, the process of building a memory begins. It might be something important, sentimental, a fleeting emotion, the face of a loved one — the list goes on. But for whatever reason, this moment inspires you in some way, and you want to remember it forever. You want to preserve it just the way it was, and immortalize it with a photograph.

One of the best ways to remember something is to take a photograph of it. Much like writing, drawing, and painting, photography gives you the ability to take an idea and turn it into something worth reminiscing about. Photographs can be a source of stories and down the road, they will be reminders of past days which you can share with people.

It’s only natural for us as photographers to love things that can make us and other people smile, laugh or shed a tear. We have this common understanding of memory as a driving force in our work. Photographs are emotions burned on film and printed on paper. The need to remember things is a collective experience among us and we cherish it in our own little ways. And let’s face it, one of the worst things that could happen to any photographer is to forget.

How about you? Why do you shoot? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

written by cheeo on 2018-11-06 #culture #memory #thought #why-do-we-shoot #to-remember


  1. placidcasua1
    placidcasua1 ·

    I photograph to remember, but conversely, feel that I don't experience events in quite the same way if I'm photographing it

  2. beblo
    beblo ·

    I take snapshot family pictures to act/serve as a remembrance, for our family and the next generations of our family. Photographs (developed on photo paper) can last 100 years without artist restorations.

  3. tomczykd
    tomczykd ·

    Why am I taking pictures? Because I want to capture everyday life, a passing moment, what has already become history This moment is now history. There is no present. Everything passes away, but the photographs allow us to stop time, the photographs make the moment watched for us present! I can not imagine my life without photography. Everything will pass, but the photographs will be and will be told about us! How we lived and who we were and how we loved and what we felt! Photography is sharing your heart and feeling! Photography is sharing my and your emotions!

  4. johku
    johku ·

    I want to paint a picture. I don't want to shoot just to remember something. I shoot to create an image, preferably an image I like in one way or another. Most of the time it doesn't turn out how I aimed it. Pictures that I've taken to remember something have become as unused and forgotten as memories. For me a camera is just another kind of pen or brush.

  5. petrischev
    petrischev ·

    не могу не фотографировать

  6. clarice629
    clarice629 ·

    not only to remember the incident, but also to remember how i feel at that moment. if i could include scents into my photos, i would do that too.

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