When I look through my photos, it is great– almost as if I am re-living certain life experiences (double joy from a single experience!)
Strengthening your memory
My idea is that photography can help strengthen your memory. Why? You can re-visit experiences from the past, and re-digest them, and re-experience them, so they can seek deeper into the recesses of your soul.
For myself, I prefer to re-experience joyful events from my past. There is actually much I would prefer NOT to re-experience from the past, and so for me– photography is an act of memory-curation (only curating the moments I care for).
This has been great– because when I look through my media library in my WordPress website/blog, I can witness lovely moments from the past, which ‘spark joy’ in my heart.
When is it good to forget?
This is the tricky thing:
We shouldn’t remember everything. How do we decide what we want to remember, and what we want to forget?
To me it is simple: keep the photos which put a smile on your face.
This means keep more photos which are personal to you (personal photography). They can be snapshots, selfies, or just documents of your everyday life.
When you’re looking through your photos, smile! You don’t gotta keep all the photos you have shot. Some photos are good as ephemeral moments. Certain moments don’t need to be kept.
Simply enjoy the process of looking through and editing/selecting your photos. Remember some, forget some, and go out and keep making new ones!
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- On Photographing Your Loved Ones
- Living is More Important than Photographing
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- Photograph What You Feel, and Feel What You Photograph
- Stay True To Your Own Style
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- Shoot different.
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- Find out What to Photograph, Not How
- Why Do You Take Photos?
- Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
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- Simple Contentment
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- The Things That Matter Most
- The Point Isn’t to Be a Good Photographer, But to Enjoy Life
- How to Make More Interesting Photos
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- Express Yourself
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