What are we all truly grateful for? Do we count our blessings each day, or do we count them only when we are reminded to do so. How much downtime do we take to live in the moment, remember how we got here, and plan a bit for the future? Thanksgiving is a special time to gather with friends and family and to stop and give thanks.
Gratitude can be described as an feeling or emotion expressed of a benefit we have or will receive.
How does this translate to photography, cameras, and photos? We are inundated with images every day through our mobile phones, tablets, computers, internet, television, and various marketing material posted throughout our entire society. From our past (late 1800’s-1940’s), cameras and photography were a luxury and to have one image of your family was considered a gift. For those of us fortunate to have some, how have we preserved those treasured few images we have of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and sometimes even parents? Now with the mindset that images are disposable, with the advent of the delete button on our cameras, we find ourselves taking images for granted. Facebook has become a repository for our “permanent” image database. How are you preserving your past?
My challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving week is threefold:
1. Spend some quality time – unplugged – with your family and friends. Nothing on the internet is more important than the time we spend with others… be grateful for that time.
2. Capture one important image from your time together. Take it to your local photo lab and print it, in a 8×10″ image or larger. In fact, print a few and give one to every person you were with.
3. Spend some time studying the image, look for the tone, emotion, and passion that image represents. During your reflection, also think about what that moment of time represented for you, and the friends and family you were with.
For most of us, that shutter clicked for approximately 1/125th of a second to capture that special, one-of-a kind image. The memories from that time together will last far longer than the shutter click. Stop and be grateful for the time you spent together, for the special connections you made, for the laughter you shared, and lastly… for all of those before us, that created an ability to capture a single moment of time, through photography, that we can keep for the rest of our lives and be grateful for the memories we share with others, forever.
Now, how are you going to be grateful the other 51 weeks a year?