Our society is pretty obsessed with visuals. We see ton of pictures all the time, on billboards, magazines, websites, etc. Our attention for them has to be miniscule or we’d never get anything done. So most of them get lost in all the clutter, between the pictures of smiling makeup models and cats doing funny stuff. But every once in a while there’s a photograph that has something about it. There are those pictures that stop us for a minute to look a little closer and think about what’s going on, about the story behind the image. There are the pictures that we love, the pictures that we choose to hang on the wall of our homes and look at everyday.
But why do some pictures grab us? Why do they strike us more than others? What makes some pictures important?
One reason is the memory it creates, the fact that this specific moment is so significant. It could be something like a picture of “Tank Man”, the lone protestor in China. Or it could be a picture of you when you got your braces off. Whether it happened last month or 100 years ago, some pictures are still relevant and spark our interest. There’s a huge story behind this kind of picture, and that keeps our attention.
That can’t be it though. Some pictures are good based on just the emotions presented, and how these affect the viewer. Catching a certain emotion from a person can take a photograph from normal and boring to hilarious or chilling.
Pictures can make you laugh, make you scared, or make you cry, but no matter what they affect how you feel. That’s what catches us off guard, and it’s what makes you remember that picture.
What about pictures that aren’t of anything particular important, but they’re just so memorable?
Did you notice the National Geographic image headlining our blog post? It looks like a painting, right? This famous picture is definitely a photograph, but it looks like no ordinary picture. It looks like a child’s finger painting. It’s amazing. You don’t believe that it’s a picture? Look it up. It is, we promise.
Truly great pictures make you take a second glance what you see. The best pictures we have seen are those that jump out of the masses and make us look at little closer. They make you consider the story behind it, they play with your emotions, and they make you second-guess. There are only so many pictures we can people standing around smiling before skipping over them and moving on. But we love when we come across those few that are actually worth a look. It’s enticing when a picture grabs us, it captures our imaginations.
These are the reasons we love pictures and want to help you collect them with your friends and family.