Photography is an incredibly important component of our society as it is every changing and modernizing right along with us. The usage of photography in everyday life has increased significantly due to the use of social media applications which utilize photography. I recently interviewed a photojournalist to discuss his photography, why he is passionate about it, and why it will never be an extinct art form.
Bobby Johandes, a photojournalist from Tinley Park, Illinois, gave us his insight as to why photography will not die out anytime soon. Johandes, like various other photographers, define photography as a universal art that can be understood in every language. It plays a central role in our society today through applications such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Bobby explains how photography, whether you are a professional or simply taking a photography for a post, changes our lives. People document their daily lives through photography and social media. A post isn’t simply just a post. It is one piece in a collection of photos that tell us a great deal about how a person lives on a regular basis.
This is an incredible phenomenon. Think about how many people are social media sites. Think about the different events that happen in a lifetime. Future generations will be able to look back on these posts and see hands on what it was like for a person to live during significant periods of time. Think about if George Washington or Michael Angelo had Facebook pages and Instagram accounts. I can only imagine what they would be posting and how much insight it would give into the time periods in which they lived.
Take the most recent election, for example. The current generations posted a generous amount about just this single event. Future generations that have to research this election will have access to so many different voices and points of view just via social media and the pictures that have been posted. Whether it be a picture of someone going to a voting poll, meeting a candidate, or even protest photos- the entire collection tells a story. Those stories can be understood by everyone all over the world.
Another significant event is the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. The amount of Chicagoans that posted pictures of the entire season is most likely an incredible amount. The games, watching the games at bars and restaurants, the celebratory parade, all of it was documented via social media.
My theory is that as humans, we are naturally going to place sentimental value on things, events, people, places, etc. They are all memories. This is why photographs were invented in the first place. The current generation has placed an even higher value on photography because of having the ability to post our memories and share them with the world through social media. Not only do we now have our favorite memories, but we can also let everyone else experience them right along with us.
Bobby also explained that photography will never die out because everyone with a smartphone now has access to being a novice and in some cases, above novice level photographer. Anyone with a smartphone has the world of photography at their fingertips. You can take pictures and share them with the world at the click of a button. In many cases, smartphones allow you to edit the photo right there on the device itself. As long as people are making memories and using their smartphones, photography will exist and thrive. Our generation in particular enjoys documenting what they believe to be interesting and I do not see that changing any time soon.