I have just finished reading a recent post by Will Richardson called My Flickr Conundrum.This blog raises a question about taking photographs of landscape. His question was, “why take pictures of places that you visit that probably aren’t going to be as good as the photos that others have already taken that are already available for you to use in your own albums, slide shows, whatever? I mean, unless you want to organize the wife and kids in front of the spot just to prove you’ve been there, what’s the point?”
I believe the point is to be able to call the picture your own. You can always look up a picture on the internet, but if you do that, you are not able to say, “I was there and I took that picture.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the worst picture in the world, you can still be very proud of it.
On a personal note, my family travels quite a bit because of my dad’s conferences around the world. When I was little, I used to take pictures all the time of landscape that I thought was beautiful. They were never good pictures, but I kept them all, and it is entertaining for me to go back and recall the memories I had from that particular picture and be able to say, “I took that picture!”
I believe that the pictures that you take yourself are a way to make certain the memories stick with you. If you capture your own shots, you will remember how you felt at the moment and recall all the memories you had at that time. Even if you can find that same picture somewhere else, you can't say that it's your picture or remember your thoughts and feelings at the time.
The picture below is a picture of New Jersey. My class had our 8th grade trip and we visited D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. This isn't a particularly good picture, but I remember exactly what happened. We were in the bus driving from Philadelphia to New York and I remember looking out the window and thinking that we were in New York and I really wanted a picture of New York and I was so excited that when I was reaching for my camera, I smacked my friend right in the face! It was kinda funny cause she didn't get hurt, but I clearly remember that moment!
This can relate to the world because people usually try to take the easy way out and try to find everything that someone else did. They can never be proud of say a photograph because they always look it up on the internet.
In the classroom, this concept of taking the easy way out is common in many students. They just want to finish the work and then they forget about it. Because they copied off of someone else, they don't remember what they learned and won't get anything out of it.