The power of photographs

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(Back story: When I get busy traveling a lot for workshops and tours, I simply get lost in the sea of images that create! Typically the phone pictures get left in the dust as I focus more on my ‘big girl’ camera pictures. So today I was cleaning up my iPhone folder in Lightroom and having a blast revisiting not only some fun trips and places, but also events. Harp Dog Brown Trio played a mean blues at CAPA’s annual conference I was speaking at in August in Vancouver.)

When I view these images, I can hear the music in my head, I can feel the experience of having been there. Now that’s  the power of a photograph, to ignite the memories of many senses. How many times have you seen a picture and relived a sound, a smell, a feeling? And that’s why I remain passionate about photography. To capture those moments for myself, but to hopefully have my picture transcend the personal memory and just perhaps, trigger one in you, the viewer.

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Enjoy, and share with your friends!

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P.S. These were shot with my iPhone using Hipstamatic John S lens and BlackKeys B+W Film settings.

Brenda Tharp
Brenda is an award-winning photographer, author, keynote speaker, workshop instructor and tour leader. Her acclaimed books include Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, and Extraordinary Everyday Photography.
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2 Comments

  1. Dennis Ducklow January 2, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    I was intrigued by “The Power of a Photograph” and delighted to see our friend, Harpdog Brown, as your subject. I too let my iPhone photos lie in the dust until I do some housecleaning, only to find a few gems, as these ones surely are. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda Tharp January 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

      Isn’t it fun to revisit the photos! They are like little presents when you find some good ones in there. Funny how some of my faves are on the phone and not the ‘big’ camera, but it doesn’t lessen their value as reminders of a moment, a beautiful scene, etc. Thanks for sharing your comments here!