Photography can be quite complicated. There’s exposure, lighting, posing, composition, timing, expression. When you enter competitions, judges would pixel peep to find if there is an iota of overblown highlights or lost details in deep shadows. Then there is the perennial debates about Photoshop. When does photography end and the Adobe software begin? Don’t get me started on gear wars and debates. How about wardrobe? Is it a Vera Wang or Armani? Heard about the available light vs artificial light debate? Gosh! Ceasefire please?
Not trying to trivialize finer aspect of photography and professionalism. I think about these issues all the time. Yet if we have to strip away everything around photography to its very essential, what would we find?
For Emma, she just wanted a picture of whole family together. Her eldest son, Mohd Yazmier, 12 years old, passed away a month ago. It was then she realized she NEVER had a family picture. A friend reminded her that she took one at our photo booth last December and it was posted on our FB page. Emma contacted us. We printed it with acid-free fine art paper and framed it for her. It’s her Mother’s Day gift.
What really matters in photography? In Emma’s case, it’s documenting life, love and family. It’s memories immortalized on a piece of paper, telling us that at this particular place and time, we were happy. Perhaps we held, hugged and kissed our loved ones. Or perhaps we shared a joke, or held our hands strolling down our favorite beach. Without a camera, we rely only on memories. Unfortunately, we can’t print memories.
Happy Mother’s Day, Emma. We can’t bring Mohd Yazmier back to life, but we hope the photo will keep your memory of him alive and warm your hearts. You reminded us how important our job is holding a camera.