“Lives smiling under the framed shade, streets turned grey, the sun growing yellow. The brown glass hangs on the wall, speaking to each of its visitors.” Photographs, snaps of nostalgic past, or never-ending stories hold so much value in each of our lives. It is how Dorothea Lange quotes,” Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Photography is a skill that not everyone excels in. It is the art of capturing images with light and sensitive energy. You need the right practice, understanding of the situations, and all the technicalities of clicking a picture. It is different from clicking a casual picture. A photographer’s camera captures the moment only to preserve it till eternity. You need the right lens, light, and application to click a picture and tell the story behind it. Besides the right amount of light and energy, a
photographer also needs to be mindful of lines, shapes, patterns, and textures. Today, almost all the existing fields have incorporated Photography as their crucial dimension. Arts, film industry, mass media, science, business, and many other fields have infused Photography with their ventures and projects.
Have you ever thought of how the world looked before your birth? We often go through the reels of photo albums, trying to imagine the past in pictures. Pictures let you also reminisce about what you had. The stark young eyes or the straight standing postures, pictures tell us lifetimes.

They become our hopes to continue seeing a life we had left behind. Besides our personal
experiences with pictures, Photography has also benefited from narrating our history. How do you know about the World Wars? Or the misery of the Great Depression? We know them through the lens of Photography. They not only share with us the situation but also make us feel what might have happened before. Photography is also essential for today’s times. Think about the pictures you see in the newspaper? Fire churning down an entire hospital or roads cracking after a massive earthquake. Everything can be visualized when you have pictures to know the reality which has happened. The next area where Photography is prominent is in schools and institutions. Pictures have been linked with what we read. This helps us to connect with what we are reading. A page might undermine a plain page with only blackened words with words and colorful pictures.
A crucial aspect that Photography reveals to us is the distinction between past and present. Our world has changed so much in the past years. The street near your home might be different from what it looked like three years back. There might be more shops or more structured bricks.
If you take this kind of change to a bigger horizon, you will come across different world places that have aged or been modified. This change results due to continuous inventions and innovations coming to the world every day. In a way, Photography is a lens for you to see the past in the present. There are so many shades of the world that have changed, but Photography has captured them for us. Here are some parts of the world, reflecting their olden days and new days.

  1. The Walls of Sleepless City: WalL Street in New York
Wall Street by Paul Strand (1915)
Wall Street by Bernice Abott (1979)

For most, New York is a city of dreams. We have dreamt of being on the busy streets of NY or rushing through its light. But do you know how it changed since the late 19th century? New York’s famed Wall Street, captured in 1915 by Paul Strand, depicts how the city was yet to witness the hue to development. It tells of a stage where the people in New York were rushing to develop and raise living standards. The image is also known for contrasting shapes and angles created by the structures of buildings and pacing human figures.

The Wall Street clicked in 1979 by Bernice Abbott speaks of a tale of different New York. The picture depicts the growing bustle of the cities, which was also an important aspect of New York’s progress. The image also shows the shift in living. Walking was now being replaced by cars and other sorts of transportations. Streets were more paved and filled with crowds. The photograph also captures the shadow of humans on buildings, depicting how humans are mastering establishing gigantic structures.

2. The Railings of Love in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower by Louis-Emile Durandelle(1888)
Eiffel Tower by Pascal Le Segretain

Eiffel Tower, lovers’ destination, was once only an idea yet to be executed on barren land. The image by Louis-Emile Durandelle depicts the construction of the Eiffel Tower. Everything was still shabby, and the tower was only half completed. There were no proper streets aligned with it and no proper platform to stand and watch it. The picture by Pascal Le Segretain of the Eiffel Tower clicked in 2009, celebrating the glory of 120 years as a tourist sight. For its glorious years, Paris lit up the Eiffel Tower and continues to be an icon in world monuments’ history. The pictures also show how the roads connected with the monument and had become more structured since its construction.

3. The Tale of Two nations: India and Pakistan

Partition 1947 by Margaret White
Post Partition by Elena Mirage

India and Pakistan were once a part of a bigger, majestic singularity. After the British rule faded from India, divisions between communities demanded a separate nation. The picture clicked by Margaret White during the partition time depicts the plight of India and Pakistan. People crowded the railways and wanted to either go to India or Pakistan. The tone of the picture, black and white, showcased how people were dwindling to find homes and a permanent place to be.
The picture clicked by Elena Mirage portrays the completion of a partition with several borders.
The picture, however, is specifically of the Wagha border, where every year, the two nations come together to represent their nations. It portrays that the two countries are slowly rising from the aftereffects of the partition and hold respect for each other.

4. The Rise after Haggard War: South Korea and its prosperity

South Korea after War by Han Youngsoo (1963)
South Korea by Stanislas (2018)

South Korea, a region that has seen so many ups and downs, transformed into manifolds. The first picture by Han Youngsoo is of the aftereffects of War. The country had rebelled, and homes were tarnished. People had nothing left to feed on. Many were killed and went missing too. The War left many industries at the verge of collapse. The second picture by Stanislas is of current South Korea. Today, the country continues to swell its economy and is one of the strongest countries in the world. Despite being in constant fear of war, the country has managed to provide the best to its citizens. The numerous lights in the picture depict how the country is continuing to prosper locally and globally.

  1. The Destructive Influence on Nature: Chaney Glaciers in USA
Chaney Glaciers by M.R. Campbell (1911)
Chaney Glaciers by Blase Reardon (2005)

Chaney Glaciers of the USA is a glacier affected by the deprivation of nature. The first
picture clicked of the glaciers in 1911 by M.R.Campbell, shows how the glaciers were in
abundance. The mountains were hardly visible due to the ice frozen within them. The
second picture of the glaciers by Blase Reardon is in contrast with what we had. The
glacier has shrunk to limited space, and the rocks are deprived of it. This indicates that
the continuous exploitation of resources and risks of global warming has taken away
nature from mankind.
While these are some of the contrasts that Photography captured for us, there is so much more to see. Each passing moment, we experience a vast array of changes. Photography has changed the way we look at the world. It can be insightful to know how we can look at the past pictures and learn to straighten the present. Pictures also make us appreciate what we have.

The bustling streets, speeding cars, city lights, stoic shelter, restaurants to dine in, everything today has only facilitated our lives. The lens of Photography also conveys to you the sacrifices of your ancestors. The brutal blood, ravaged homes, plastic shelters have contributed to your liberty and luxury. It was only through the pains of ancestors that the descendants could look at the sky. Photographs and Photography are stories hidden behind canvas. They bring to you diverse land and reflect the roots in whatever that grows today. To give you all in a nutshell, here is what Bruno Barbey says, “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.”

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