Why are photos important?

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    Hello, I am a student from England and I'm visiting for a bit of help... to be honest...

    I'd love it if you could provide some kind of response to this question:

    Why are photographs important to help us conserve our memories?

    I'm not asking for essays, but if you want to do one I won't be complaining. Thanks in advance for any comments you may make :)

    Happy shooting!
    Becca
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    For memory conservation, photos are important because they help serve as a stimulant or a trigger. There are so many memories in our brains, it's not easy to pull them all up, but seeing a piece of it can make them come streaming back.
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    It helps deal with a problem called "Comfabulation" which...I know sounds like I made up, but is a problem where our minds make up a story and we believe it happens, in psychological terms.

    it also is an art form, thus is important, because art is such a big thing on earth :)
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    Photos are important as any artform is important. Music, Poetry, Sculpture, Painting, Photography all invoke emotion, make bold statements, show beauty, and generally make life a little easier to deal with. Also, art usually depicts very well the period in which it was made, reflecting what was going on in the world, and in different societies, so in that respect, it is a good historical tool.
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    Ditto, and because memories don't have the resolution the photographs do :)
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    Except if you zoom reaaalll close.
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    Photos are a window in time.

    I can stare for ages at old photographs. like looking through a portal to a world before I was even born.
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    Its a snippet of life, that makes up a story.
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    sometimes photos are important to remember some details... for example "what were I wearing on their wedding?" etc. Of course this example may sound silly but in everyday life we very often meet this kind of situation
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    what else would we do with all these cameras and all this film? :lol:
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    Toilet paper...and...throwing objects?
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    Freezing a moment in time, and then being able to hold it in your hands, and view it whenever you want is such a cool thing to be able to do.

    Its a good creative outlet, to express your feelings, or views on something.
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    For the same reason I hunt down and kill things...........................to see what was..............

    No, I'm kidding..........For me it's just an expression of art than I can mix with my like of life outside of home and work. It's an excuse to go be adventuresome and go find someplace new. The pictures are just an extension of the whole process. I'm not trying to become a great photographer. I just want to add a little color to my life....one stop at a time :wink:
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    *bump*

    Wicked responses guys, any more for any more?
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    Its to catch that beautiful moment, the perfect second in time.
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    So, why do you guys all take photos anyway?
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    I started to take photos just so I would have something to remember the people in my life by. At the time I started I wasn't really serious about real photography...just about capturing memories of those I loved...and I started getting more and more compliments on them..and people saying I should take pictures more often...and thus the passion was born.
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    On the wall in my room I have photos of family members who have passed away. It's comforting to be able to look at the wall and remember all the good times we had.
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    I cant draw (due to a problem I have with Hand-I-coordination) So I decided to take pictures, because I do like art.
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    i sure do take pictures partly to help preserving memories (often, admitedly, sensual, erotic memories...) but the nature of the relation of these memories with the pictures is a bit difficult to find out... anyway i think art (in any form) has a lot to do with time, and photography is no exception to that; sometimes it actually can make the passing of time so painfully clear...

    and past is not to be recovered... or is it?

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