World Photography Day
By Carnal Queen
August 19th has been celebrated as World Photography Day now for a decade. Started in 2010, the day aims to inspire people to share an image with the world, that shows their world. A simple idea, and a powerful one too.
I love photography. I don’t claim to be brilliant at it, but there’s nothing I love more than taking my camera out to somewhere new and trying to capture it’s beauty in a few shots. It’s a cliche, but it’s true – a picture really does paint a thousand words – and you have the power to immortalise a moment with just the click of a button. I’ve been through a few cameras over the years. I have this Canon DSLR, which I love, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed by it if I’m honest. My favourite that I keep going back to is this Fujifilm bridge camera – I love the simplicity of it, and I’ve snapped some amazing photos with it in the past.
The truth is though, the best camera is the camera you have with you. These days, most of us carry smartphones with us everywhere, and the opportunity to take great pics has never been more readily available to us. Technology is improving all of the time, and often, only professionals could tell the difference between a photo taken on a high-end camera and a good one taken with a phone. Sadly though, many photographs spend eternity locked in a digital dungeon, and never get to be truly appreciated! This makes me sad.
I’m making more of a conscious effort to get my photos printed and put into albums. There’s something beautiful about sitting down and leafing through a book full of your memories. They make you smile, take you back to places you love, let you re-live special moments and of course, they sometimes make you cry; by allowing you to step back in time and spend a moment with a loved one who may no longer be with you. They’re precious, and we should treasure them.
So today, why not share a special snap with the world? Print out your photographs, frame the good ones, and enjoy those memories. Don’t leave them festering in a cloud or banished to life stuck in old tech in the back of a drawer. If you’re feeling creative, get out there and take some beautiful images. You could even perfect the art of the selfie, if that’s your thing. I’m sure your partner would enjoy seeing some seductive snaps – if you want to be saucy – and if you’re single, take them anyway and enjoy looking at them yourself; self-love all the way!
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