Your frozen mental picture is attached to a narrative. Dreams feel like movies but the meaningful moment is a photograph in your mind with an ascribed story. Precise and complete recall isn’t called video graphic memory now is it?
It’s a snapshot not perfectly composed with delicate shadow and highlight detail, yet, you’re emotions are there to support it; memories of smell, touch, and sound embedded in a feeling about the narrative. It’s a mind frame of your first kiss with a memory of how your eye glasses got in the way and how you felt tentative, exhilarated, transformed, yet clumsy.
They bring us memories, tell us stories and illuminate paradox. Without our own account we rely on the photographer to fill the narrative void. Some photos are dismissed and some are arresting; you can take a bad photograph of any scene but at what point does a bad frame become reality well rendered?
Other than the fantastic or the fantastically tragic, nearly every scene is ordinary to someone. The talent of a great photographer is turning an ordinary scene into an arresting photo that helps illustrate a story, as well as doing it on demand regardless of circumstance. A professional does this all while smiling. - by Bruce DeBoer
In this TED presentation, David Griffin , photo director for National Geographic, offers examples of what gives talented photographers the ability to make human connections.
“Photography stands up amidst the media onslaught because it emulates how our mind freezes a significant moment”
View more of the Photographers Work featured in this presentation:
Michael (Nick) Nichols, Bruce Dale, Sam Able, Paul Nicklen, Chris Johns, William Albert Allard, David Alan Harvey, David Doubilet, Emory Kristof, Steve McCurry, Jonas Bendiksen, Brian Skerry, Randy Olson, James Nachtwey.
David Griffin’s Biography (via Director’s Pick Blog)
David Griffin is the Director of Photography of National Geographic magazine headquartered in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the overall photographic direction of the magazine, working with a staff of photo editors and photographers from around the globe.
Previously he was the Creative Director of U.S.News & World Report, Design Director of National Geographic Books, Associate Director of Layout & Design at National Geographic magazine. Before magazines David honed his journalistic skills at a number of newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, The Everett (Wa.) Herald, and The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.
David has been honored by the National Press Photographer Assoc., University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year competition, Assoc. of Magazine Publishers, Ohio Newspaper Photographer Assoc., the Hearst Collegiate Photojournalism Awards, the Washington Art Directors Club, the Society of Newspaper Design, Print, and Communications Art.