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May 15, 2019
By Brenda Jobe
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Have you ever noticed that the word "capture" is used a lot when people talk about photos? Sometimes the word is over-used because it's such an effective way of describing how important photos are to maintaining the memories that we make as life flies by. But there are other descriptive words or phrases that can reveal the relevence of photos to everyone. 


Photographs serve as a way of preserving moments in time. The subject of photos, at the very time they were taken, will never age or change. Look at older photos, and you'll find it easy to harken back to that exact day or season with either fondness or sadness. That memory is perserved.
The word "seize" probably has the closest definition to capture. Think about what it means to seize seizing a prize. When you seize your moment in time by having a photo taken or taking it yourself, you are guaranteeing that it will live on. It has been seized, never to be claimed by anyone else but you.

To guard something means it's worth's valuable. If you guard your images as a way of chronicling memories, you want to keep them safe. Memories will always remain, but you are guarding the images left behind to remind you of the past.


Memories stay alive. We can stuff them down to try and not remember them. Or we can continue to recall them to keep them in the forefront of our minds. Whether the memories are happy or unhappy, they are all inside our hearts. Even unpleasant memories have a way of bringing up the past to show us how far we have moved passed them. To keep the pleasant memories alive reinforces a positive outlook on life through the images you preserve.
To protect something means you value its safe keeping. So if you've captured an image that is important to you, then you take ownership of it and feel the urge to protect it. Saving memories is something always worth protecting, especiallly with photos.
Protecting and defending are very similar except one is offensive and the other is defensive. To protect a memory via an image is offensive because it is an aggressive way of keeping your photos active whether through prints or on the internet. To keep your images safe (or to defend them) is obviously defensive. They are treasures worth guarding and keeping secure with prints and digital back-ups.

To safeguard an image from an event or activity is the end result of capturing it. You capture it because you want to preserve it, guard it, keep it alive, protect it, defend it. Safeguarding memories through photos is a way of preserving who you have been and who you are now. All images are ultimately self-defining. 

Other than paintings or an expertly-worded written piece, photos are such an effective and priceless way of documenting life. From elation to foolishness, each image captured continues to be held in your heart's pictures. 

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