Times have changed and social media is now leading the way forward with its photo and video apps like Instagram, Vine and Snapchat becoming more and more popular . Among all these wonderful advances in technology, it’s sometimes easy to forget why we take photographs at all. Is it because we want to show the world our selfies or envious trip abroad? Or is there a deeper meaning behind them anymore?
As i’ve grown older, I’ve realised that life goes by at a rate of knots and its hard to slow it down. With each week going by in a flash and each month passing by quicker than the last. But I’ve found a way to slow it down for myself, every so often I flick through my old photographs, my 6 x 4s and reminisce about times gone by. None so more than recently. It’s been 10 years since my nanny died. She was incredibly close to me when I was a kid, always referring to me as her ‘little chicken pie’. She always let me play ‘shop’ in her garden and even bought me the tills to play with fake money, she made up bedtime stories called ‘Cod and Haddock’ and let me have midnight treats but not only that, she was always there for me and I miss her so much.
This is one of two photos that I have of her and without it, I’d be scared I’d forget what she looked like. It’s me and her in our villa in Lanzarote, the place we used to holiday every year. It doesn’t look like much but her looking at me in the way she is here says it all.
So, as well as showing the world the moment that you are currently living in, taking photographs, for me, is preserving memories that document everyday life. They offer us the chance to document time spent with loved ones who might not always be there and to ultimately act as a reminder of what we are living for – each other.
When I used to work at Boots in their photo lab, I used to develop all the films and they showed me that more than anything, people treasure other people. They may take a photo of a sunset or a street in a far away country but it’s the people in the photo that matter – it’s their expression, it’s that innate emotional connection. This is why photographs are important, they capture this in a way no app ever could. They are a shot in time that is real, that can be treasured.
How often do you look at your photographs? Do you keep them somewhere safe or do you keep them all digitally?