Opinion: Photographers bring people together


Samantha Dahlberg

Drumline’s captain, William Yonts, a senior, poses for a selfie with his ensemble during the Homecoming assembly on Oct. 25.

A photo captures so many perspectives.

Whether it is a picture of a football game or assembly, every photo gives off a unique emotion.

According to Time magazine’s Director of Photography, Kathy Ryan, [Photographers] call our attention to the things we miss in our everyday lives and they call our attention to events and people at a great distance from our own patch of the universe. When they direct our eyes and hearts with precision and honesty, we know what we know differently and better. Photographers teach us to look again, look harder. Look through their eyes.”

As I have grown as a photographer, I want people to notice what I see through my lens.

Once I started to see that people are the best subjects, I wanted to do something more with it during my final year of high school.

I had one goal at the beginning of the year, go to as many football games as possible because the Screaming Scots section makes football the most common game to see student interaction on and off the field.

Those games took me out of my comfort zone because I got to interact with a whole new group of people.

As the number of photos at football games increased, more people started to post them on their social media.

Nowadays, a ton of people choose to take a lot of photos wherever they go.

According to Stephen Heyman from The New York Times, “The growth in the number of photos taken each year is exponential: It has nearly tripled since 2010 and is projected to grow to 1.3 trillion by 2017.”

At any game I went to, everyone wants a photo with their friends to show that they went to any event.

People enjoy having a photographer take a picture of them because they know what they are doing, and photographers do not mind taking a photo of you as long as you give them credit. Furthermore, when you give your photographer credit, it shows that you respect them. They will want to take more photos of you since they will see your loyalty.

When you think about it, in order to bring people together, you need them to be in a group, and a photographer is the person who you want to capture that moment.