No media: newspaper, periodical, magazine, etc., can captivate its audience effectively without illustrative photographs. Hundreds of photos are published every day for this purpose. This weekly carries around dozens of photographs in each of its edition.
A photograph freezes a moment of life which is passing and which is true. It captures emotions equally well, and allows you to experience those moments again and again. It tells a story and many a times reminiscencing about the story or event is more or equally noteworthy.
Photography has revolutionised the way we see the world. We capture memorable moments of travel, adventures, functions, celebrations, expressions of love and emotion to document and share the images instantaneously with relatives and friends around the world. Photos of those who have passed away become treasured items. Photography is a passionate hobby that melts away one’s worries and stresses.
There is no photography without the equipment: the camera. This instrument has evolved over time from the camera obscura, through daguerreotypes and calotypes, dry plates, film, to the digital cameras and camera phones.
Photography is all about light, composition and an understanding of the equipment. Once you are familiar with these you can start taking pictures and become a photographer – novice, amateur, or professional depending on the knowledge acquired and applied. Technology has fascinated the world of photography and made it so ubiquitous that millions of photos are taken every second with the digital camera and camera phones across the world.
On August 19, World Photography Day is observed across the world. It marks the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic processes, developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On 19 August 1839, the French government announced the invention as the first practical gift to the world and since then this day is celebrated as World Photography Day. It is somewhat unfortunate that no major event has been organised to mark the event by the concerned Ministry in Mauritius. This will hopefully be taken care of next year.
- Published in print edition on 28 August 2015