Why is photography important and essential in our lives?
First of all, for many of us, photography is our primary art-creation medium. This means to photograph is for us to make art.
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Secondly, to photograph IS to experience. What I mean is this:
By photographing, you are more connected to your life experiences.
I believe that photographing helps strengthen our memory. And we cannot exist without a memory.
Thirdly, photography can be used as a tool for social critique/commentary/feedback. I call this ‘visual sociology‘. By shooting street photography, we can better understand and analyze society around us.