How Does Photography Save Our Life

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Photography is the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface as film or an optical sensor, (Webster). Over the years, photography has grown, and evolved, and impacted our lives more than ever. It can evoke emotions, and force us to act… by seeing photographs of war, or child labor the need to stop war and child labor is brought to life. It can be a matter of life or death; it can save our lives. Such as when you go to a doctor and they take a scan of your brain or body, and find cancer or a tumor you didn’t know you had but could affect your life. It can even change your life for the better… when you get an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of your new baby for the first…show more content…
In the early part of the century, Edward Curtis, a great photographer and man, published a 20 volume set of photographs that captured the lives of Native Americans. To him, he thought Indians were people that would eventually disappear. But to him the photos had to be perfect, he would bring proper cloths, and pose photos, and make the Indian life seem very vacant almost. These photographs created people’s ideologies of what Indians looked like, even though most were kind of fake. Another photographer who looked to take pictures of Indians was Frank Matzura. But the difference between him and Curtis was that he liked to shoot Indians in their natural habitat. No staging of the photos, or giving them clothes to wear, but just the normal life of what an Indian lived…show more content…
He was a very patriotic man, and was the most American man. He devoted the majority of his life to save the wilderness of America. He helped change people’s views of their land and wilderness. “His whole life would be a journey, and an exploration; a search for meaning and order, for beauty and redemption; for contact with something larger and more lasting; for community, connection, and home,” (Ansel Adams). His legacy began when he experienced Yosemite Valley for the first time on June 1st 1916. This is where his father gave him a gift that would change his life forever… a Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie camera. This started him in a lifetime pursuit of photography. In 1923, on a late summer morning, Ansel would experience a defining moment in his life, a personal epiphany. He was hiking the long ridge of Mount Clark when he experienced a moment that seemed to stop time. The silver light of the sun made very blade of grass, every cloud in the sky shine, and it felt as if he was one with nature. This would ignite his career and life long search to capture the exquisiteness of the world. He defined his life in three words; Love, Friends, and Art. He really had a beautiful take on these three things and how they were all related. He thought of love as seeking a way of life that you cannot go through without someone by your side. He said it was the, “resonance of all spiritual and physical
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