Breaking Down Boundaries

Photography, like the arts, is amazing in its ability to break down boundaries across languages and ethnicity. So long as you have sight you can view photos made by people from around the world.

It is possible that the only things that you have in common are human existence and a camera of some sort. Photography allows us to share our vision of the world we live in and how we experience it.

While looking at photos of a city that I haven’t been to before isn’t the same as being there and experiencing it firsthand, it does allow the mind to attempt to fill in the blanks about what it would be like to be there.

Monochrome New York City
One Way One Way, New York City, September 2019

Can you imagine telling someone the raw details of the place that you live and thinking that they may find it interesting without them being able to see images? That of course also assumes that you speak the same language.

There are of course certain authors that are able to write in a language that creates images in the mind. And of course there’s always painting. But perhaps you don’t find the picture postcard photos appealing.

Do picture postcards ever really reveal the things about the city that you would find appealing? Perhaps if your main interest is architecture.

I am always wondering what the world is because of photography and what it would be without it. Certainly it would have a major effect on the travel industry. But also on the way that we view the parts of the world that we haven’t seen.

Is photography a bit like magic? And have we ceased to wonder how important it has been on how we think and live? Sorry to leave you with so many questions. If I discover the answers I will write the book. Thanks for reading. Your responses are always welcome.

2 thoughts on “Breaking Down Boundaries

  1. Photography is like a magic and like framing a beautiful story in our journey.
    But when i think about it sometimes we loose the real experience and try only to capture it and save or share. I haved takes my photos for sometime in past but i love photography but sometimes I feel we like a photoworld than a real experience

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    1. Yes, it is true that the act of photographing can take away from the actual experience of the world. However this is not always the case. I often find photography to be a method for interacting with the world and especially with people you might not otherwise have contact with. Thank you for your comment.

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