I took this image of my wife and two eldest grandkids is 2009. We were walking along a path that borders our property and the moment seemed perfect for an image. The grandkids are now 13 and 11 but this image is one of my favorite images of all times. My wife and I were going through the thousands of images I took of the family since 2001 and this one jumped out as a ‘must print and hang’ image. We pondered the best scripture verse and decided that Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God…” is perfect.
I printed this as an 11×14 and matted it to fit a 16×20 black frame for hanging in our living room. This will join many other prints that we proudly display of our family and life. My wife kept saying, this looks like something you would buy and hang on your wall from a Christian bookstore. One of the greatest compliments a photographer can get is when their spouse states they would pay for the image.
Some of the best images I took were not planned, staged, nor posed. They just developed (pun intended). Although this sat on my hard drive for 6 years after I processed it, the image remained ready to become a story teller. However, I believe that an image isn’t a true picture until it is printed and hung on a wall for others to see and cherish.
No doubt this might have more meaning to us than it would to others, the connection of the viewer becomes when they can relate. A mom can relate thinking when they walk hand in hand with their child(ren) or a grandma thinking to the day when she walks with her grandchildren. Life is short and too often the only thing we have to trigger a happy and cherished memory is to look and hold our pictures. There is a saying that a picture is art when it connects with the viewer. I would add that a picture is an image when it tells a story that connects the viewer to the subject.
It is very important to preserve memories with photography but it is more important to print the images to share and hold.
What many do not realize is the image we take today isn’t for our benefit (today) but for the benefit of future generations or to comfort us years in the future. I hope that one day my grandchildren will be blessed with children and grandchildren of their own and that this image will provide conversations they have with their families. As I type this, tears flow down my cheeks. Not of sorrow but of joy that a God given gift (vision and photography) can bring joy and happiness. Tears of joy that memories are captured and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
With the advent of digital and the fact that nearly everyone has a camera (mobile device) and images are shared non-stop, my concern is that too many people fail to print their memories. They show them off on their smart phone but when the smart phone breaks where are the memories. Yes, more and more people store in the cloud but how many retrieve them from the cloud and display the images proudly on their walls?
Candid moments need preserved and cherished!