Do pictures still say 1000 words?

On February 4, 2011, I will be completing Project 365.  For those of you who don’t know, this project involves taking one picture, each day, for a whole year.

As I near the end of the journey, I took a moment to think if we still value photography today as we did 10 or 20 years ago.  With the instant-ness of life, and everything going digital, do we appreciate the skill and talent it takes to really tell a story through a single picture?  With the rise of citizen journalism, and ultimately, citizen photojournalism, should we really be allowing every Tom, Dick, and Sue to take the photos of our world?  Can anyone have the eye, the gift?

With one week to go, I can see improvements in my own photography, but also a decline.  Thanks to the ease of being able to take a photo with my cell phone, there are many times when I don’t take the time to actually prepare and set up a shot, to really think about what I’m doing and what I need to do to make the photo look good.  Photoshop allows us to manipulate photos in any possible way, causing somewhat of a distrust in what we are actually seeing in a photo. 

Back in the day, photography was really used to tell a story.  A story of one small moment in time, one breath, one blink.  Today, we can replicate a moment over and over and over again.  I feel like the days when photos could really, truly, honestly communicate a moment in time are gone.  Now, we can alter, manipulate, copy copy copy that moment, and the moment is lost.

Don’t get me wrong, I love photography.  I love taking pictures, I love playing around with pictures, I love looking at other people’s pictures.  But I can’t help to think that somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the value of it all. 

Some of my favourite photos from the past year:

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