Photography is about capturing a moment and telling a story. That story may be as simple as an open pasture on a sunny day, taking us back to our childhood and bringing out forgotten memories that make us happy through the recollection. The story that a photograph tells us can also be about people, such as what you may see when you look at a crowd in a theater. Or it can be about a single person, whose story may just be in-the-moment as the photograph was taken, such as a street musician performing on a sidewalk. But as the pages of these stories start to open, we begin to see that there is more than just a photo of a crowd. What are they doing there? Are they all experiencing the same emotion or different ones? What are they wearing, and why are they gathered in this same place? The street musician may have a tattered case for his instrument. Was it handed down from his father? What tune is he playing, and why is he performing on a sidewalk and not a stage? These perceptions are what make photographs "snapshots." They are indeed a snapshot in time whose story tells a tale of what happened before the photo was taken, what is happening in-the-moment, and what may lie in the future after the shutter button has been pressed.
What story does your photograph tell? Is it of a place where many people once congregated, or where simple forgotten possessions of a single person lay covered in dust? Photography can be considered the art of capturing the story of people. The details in each photo provide elements that make up that story. And the story will never be the same after the photo is taken. As time elapses, and decay ensues, our story evolves and changes. But each photo we take, each moment we capture, will always be part of a bigger story. And if you look closely enough, you can open the pages and read that story for yourself.