The impact of images is enormous. And everywhere. Our brains work with all of these visual clues to help make sense of the world around us, and to help us make decisions and choices (though not always good ones, thank you very much advertisers). They help us form opinions, ideas and memories.
Translate this to images of people and things that are important to you. What happens when you look through a stack of old photos from when you were growing up? It evokes a lot more than just seeing a picture. Memories of people, places and emotions come flooding back. Who hasn’t said something along the lines of, “I remember how much I loved that shirt!” or “Oh, how we laughed that night!”?
Do you have a collection of images to look through from the last five years? Do you scroll through them on your phone? Where do they go once you dump them, and will you ever look at them again?
Photographs are the vehicles that unlock so many memories, and often the events you have documented are the ones you remember most. They are important. Don’t forget to keep a record of your life, for you and your loved ones. It’s important.