Photographs Make Memories
During Christmas, we cherish the opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and celebrate the holiday season. It’s a time to reflect on our blessings and appreciate all we have. You take photographs –the decorations, the table, snowy scenes, and presents. What makes these photographs special is not what they are but the memories you have later from the photographs.
Memories can be triggered by various things – a festive occasion like Christmas, a different celebration, or even a simple snapshot. These memories not only remind us of a particular place but also bring back the feeling of being surrounded by friends or the sense of accomplishment after achieving a personal goal. Over time, photographs can serve as powerful tools to revisit our past and relive the moments that matter the most.
The best memory is the time your photographs connect with someone. It could be a friend or a stranger at the time. This is the time your photographs may begin a new friendship or awaken a personal memory for them.
The technical perfection of photographs is not always necessary. They can serve as a reminder of a particular moment. One such moment that comes to my mind is when I captured a picture of my shadow cast over a small creek many years ago. This image reminds me of my friend Tom, who has assisted me over the years to become a better photographer.
A photograph from Artist Bluff near Franconia was taken for my schoolmate Nancy. However, it brings me both joy and sadness. I am joyful for capturing these memories for Nancy, but sad for her passing shortly after.
The photograph of the round-stained glass window over the altar at St. Luke’s. Fills me with a host of memories – the fellowship, my children growing up, singing in the choir, and many more.
This year, I stumbled upon the Santa photo that I made. It holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of so many of you. I made this picture to demonstrate how to use flash in photography. I often think back to our time together and how many of you have continued to thrive and pursue photography as a passion. I feel profoundly grateful to have been a part of your journey.
Have a Merry Christmas.
God Bless You All,