Here we are in the last month of 2020. A challenging year to say the least. Many publications and photographers are compiling what they think of as the best photos of the year. How long will we even remember most of them?
Politics, the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests will likely be at the top of the lists. Yet they barely scratch the surface when the toll is taken on how many photographs are taken in a single day and uploaded to social media sites.
In this issue I attempt to conquer the subject of how photography has influenced us and how we rarely pay much notice to it anymore. The thrill may in fact be gone. But what came before the proliferation of digital technology and a camera in every pocket?
I remember the feeling in the days of film photography, there was a sense that you could actually capture something unique that no one else could replicate. You might actually be able to take a photo of history in the making. At minimum, there was the anticipation of getting your photos developed to see what you captured. It was exciting.
Do you still get a thrill about seeing your photos or viewing the photography of others? Do you remember a time that really stands out as memorable so much so that you have the image of that photo etched in your mind?