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A thousand words

Watching a seemingly endless stream of cell phone commercials, it occurred to me that the primary emphasis on many of these ads is the picture quality. When you consider the many tasks that cell phones can do today, it’s intriguing to consider that the aspect of prime importance to many buyers is the quality of the pictures that any phone can capture.

The first camera was created in 1816 and since that time, we have never lost our affection for images. On the very tragic side, we are seeing a disturbing number of people who have lost their lives in pursuit of the ultimate selfie. No matter where we go, we are always aware of our fellow travelers who are busy photographing themselves, their companions or the sights around them.

Do we want to revisit all of those images for the sake of remembering the moments during which they were taken? Don’t we also wish that we could recover times that are lost forever and attempt to revisit them through pictures?

Those of us who are parents, grandparents or other interested adults are always grateful for the ability to capture our babies, toddlers, youngsters and older offspring through the magic of photography. The same fondness is associated with remembering trips to near and far places that were spectacular, historic or unusual.

Where is all of this going? It continues to amaze me that there are very few people who are disinterested in the art and science of photography. We remain in awe of the professional photographers who have identified the methods of displaying all ranges of feelings in their products. But as amateurs, we are all in the process of producing pictures much more than any single technology available to us.

Clearly, very few of us can create compelling graphics, engaging music or sculpture that enchants us. But we all attempt the perfect photograph, no matter what device we employ. Maybe this validates the old expression that a picture is worth a thousand words. Somehow, we never lose our fascination for people and places, past and present, in our pursuit of happiness. Shalom.

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