Photography is a powerful tool. It allows you to freeze a particular moment in time. In other words, you have the ability to peek into a fragment of time that’s already passed. In this way, photography is something like a time machine that only lets you travel to the past. Old photos have the power to invoke strong feelings and that’s what makes them so special. Moments that didn’t seem significant then could turn out to be really special today. Photographer Thorsten Overgaard talks about why you should go back to your archives and dig up old photos, and why you should always wear a camera:
Not all photos instantly seem valuable once they’re taken. That’s because we’re living in the moment and things are familiar. But once time flies by, the same moment can seem more valuable thereby increasing the value of the same photograph.
Remember the last time you went through your old family photos and how nostalgic you felt? That’s the power of photos. Images that were taken on film or even a low-tech camera seem more valuable today emotionally than the ones that we take today on a 50-megapixel camera.
“It was much more a pleasant moment to look at 15-year old photos from a 3.2-megapixel camera than it is to look at Instagram.”
So, it’s a great idea to take some time out from your daily routine and go through your old archives. See how it affects you emotionally. Also, it’s important that you continue building on those memories. Continue taking photos. The camera on your smartphone today will do a great job. Ten or twenty years down the lane, you’ll have loads of memories to cherish!
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