The Story Behind Each Photo

posted on 28th of august, 2009

I don't think I'm unique in this regard: when I look at my photos, I almost always recall the story behind the photo.

I can visualize where I was, where I was standing, what the weather was like, what I was trying to achieve, and what I had to do to get the shot.

I like that about photography. Each picture is not only a visual image, but also triggers memories of the moment. You might say that each image is not just a photographic image, but a virtual image in the mind of the events behind the image.

Take this image for example. Nothing fancy, but I did think it was a useful stock image of a office building.

I immediately remember that I was on my way to DFW airport in Dallas when I saw the building. I had seen it before from the highway. But this time I was a bit early for my flight and decided to get off the freeway and have a closer look.

It was warm, but not a scorcher. But it was windy. After making these shots I went elsewhere I tried to get some images of hundreds of small sunflowers growing in a vacant field. No luck - too windy.

I've said all that to say that I've started a personal blog at www.wattsjr.com where I'll posting some of my work along with the story behind it.

Hope you'll drop by occasionally.


Comments (3)

Posted by Irisangel on August 28, 2009
So true, that's why we say "A picture is worth a thousand words" I am old enough to remember life before the Internet, and the only reason we took photos, was to preserve that special moment in time. No thoughts of how well it would sell. I have photos that were taken when I was a very small child, and to this day, I can remember things about the day the photo was taken. I do believe that photography is the most amazing invention and the most powerful tool for preserving history. So, I look at it that way, each and every picture, is indeed worth a thousand words. Good luck to you and I wish you many sales and precious memories.
Posted by Noonie on August 28, 2009
Oh yeah, I keep up with my hikes and things with my photos. I know when and where and can decide when to return. With the kids, it's fun to look back and see them grow!
Posted by Rangpl on August 28, 2009
Also sometimes photos can shrink Your memories just to that event 'near the picture'. Anyways i feel the same for my pics.

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