Photography has completely changed how we perceive ourselves and the world. Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, and instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters greatly.
Here are five ways photography has changed our world.
AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
“It is our responsibility as photographers to use the work we create to make it the most effective it can be. We cannot stop wars with pictures, but we can provide the tools for the dialogue, which eventually will stop wars” – Marcus Bleasdale
One photograph can have a powerful impact but the real power lies in what we do with that individual photo. Pictures from slums, markets, and other public places can have a positive effect in the policy-making process of a community.
Photographs can reveal the ugliness of war and can influence World Leaders to find the quickest possible way to a solution that will bring an end to such wars. Photography is an instrument of peace and a vehicle for social change.
A FRIEND TO MOTHER NATURE
Photography has been used to capture the beauty and many natural occurrences in our ecosystem. From the photo of a sunset to the luminous light of the moon, photographs tell a narrative.
Through such images, we get to appreciate mother nature and what she has to offer. We are inspired to protect her and make certain our actions do not harm her in any way. Photographs of mother nature are rare commodities with no price tags associated with them.
SHARING EXPERIENCES WITH THE WORLD
Photographs capture special moments from important events, such as the inauguration of a new President, a Carnival or even a football match.
Photographers have a unique skill and third sight to capture peculiar body queues during an occasion. You take a glimpse at some pictures on Google and Instagram and you say to yourself, “WOW!”
Photographs allow us to share experiences and traditions with to the world. Through these pictures, you can easily identify a country’s tradition and culture.
TELLS A STORY WITH A PICTURE TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED
A picture paints a thousand words, and photos often tell a story that words cannot. Many photographers spend time helping NGO’s and get their story out there so they can raise money or awareness. The feeling you get by taking a picture of someone in need to help them tell their story is amazing.
Pictures of orphans and street children, tell a compelling story to sympathizers, companies, and donors that will appeal to their conscious to donate to a worthy cause. Through the deeds of photographers, the lives of orphans are changed.
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO PLACES
Photography gives you the freedom to virtually go anywhere in the world. As photographers take photos from various tourist sites and show remarkable places around the world, wherever we see such awesome pictures, we imagine ourselves at such places.
Through such photos, you will be drawn by a magnetic force to visit these tourist places whenever you find yourself in that particular country. Pictures of tourist sites can attract new tourist to visit these renowned places, which have an untold story to share with the world.
Photography has changed the world and has influenced new media and the way in which we tell stories.
With just one picture, a thousand words can be told.
WRITER – Kwesi Otoo – threesixtyGh writer/contributor/photographer
IMAGES – Photographer Charles Lawson and Channel360Gh