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Before providing me tuppence worth I just wanted to let you know that is the first time I have ever commented on a blog. Ever. It's embarassing I know. But I'm at home with a cup of tea and one day into a new committment to embrace the digital age. I feel a little nervous actually but am assuming it will pass.

Anyway I think one of the reasons we take pictures is to try and see our world in a more objective way. As if the lens of the camera will counteract our own tint on what we see. A stupid example of this is that I sometimes take pictures of my flat and look at them (in my flat) and the room always looks less familar - like I'm seeing it for the first time or how someone who is coming over for dinner might see it.

I definitely agree with Wagner that it's also about documenting the happy times. It's always seemed wierd to me that when looking back on photo albums they are really holiday albums. Would be interesting to take more pictures of work. It's the same with art, where's all the interesting art about life in the office.

somebody (John Berger maybe?) classified photography and poetry as being about death, a moment frozen in time, never to be returned to and movies and novels as about life, putting oneself into a living experience.

I think that explains the ache I feel when I look at photographs of my family or friends from years back. The moment is frozen in time but it is impossible to return to it.

Maybe we take photographs because we know we can't turn back time.

to capture a moment in time. once that moment passes, it's gone forever. photos allow us to look back and remember not only where we were and what we were doing when that picture was taken, it also reminds us of how we felt/our emotions at the time.

kind of like a simple man's time machine.

to mark time.

and prove we exist, by evidence of our unique perception (in that one place, at that one time, from that one choice, that was ours).

two quotes always come to mind, one of kundera something like "to fight against time," the other by jean luc "cinema" godard "photography is truth, cinema is truth 24 frames a second" which he disowned later in his life.

i used to adore these two quotes but as i take more pics i became much less philosophical about it...now i see it just as meer literacy, something that everyone should know how to do, and something that helps us to understand. a process of naming moments and dynamics, categorizing them, and re-presenting them. another language that we can all speak now and is horribly helpful. there are different levels of fluency to it and the more advanced we become the less factual our photos become.

Aside from taking pictures of people, I usually shoot something when it grabs me emotionally. That way, every time I look at it, I will be reminded of that feeling. And hopefully re-ignite it every time I see the photo.

I travel a lot and find that taking photographs while I am away really helps me explore a city and try and understand it - I go from just being in a city to really trying my hardest to see it, from as many different angles and viewpoints as possible.

I think we take pictures because our brains just love images.
For some reason our brain remembers facts more easily by associating them with images.
Images can often sum up ideas a lot more quickly and a lot more efficiently than words.
O.K. this is getting a bit philisophical now but perhaps intelligence is a bit like light. Light is made up of both particles and rays (impossible, I know). Just as human intelligences is made up of particles (logic) and rays (intuition).

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