By Ismaila Academician
One could succumb to knowing why Europeans and Americans are so obsessed with photo-keeping culture. Every fragment of their life, whether small or insignificant, is captured in a photo collection that will be made available on display or neatly hidden in a safe for future use.
Although that is not part of my culture, I can reason that they keep a photo collection, contrary to what we think. The Europeans do that to keep memory down history lanes – pedigree, simply because, at times, that is one heck of a thing one can grow up to know about their family. For example, parents die leaving behind their children at much younger ages; the lost ones, the adopted ones, and those who find themselves in the orphanage may get to know and connect with their past from photos made available to them.
That’s their pop culture right before the present day when digital tools made photos even easy to capture and share with FAF, even on the go. But, unlike photo cards, digital images travel far away and faster than we can ever imagine. It also keeps memories longer than photo cards, free from any physical damage, such as loss, overuse, fire and water consumption, etc.
Despite the importance of keeping photos, I feel that we overdo it. Nowadays, we take unnecessary images that we could not even keep, and recently, it’s becoming like an addiction. We just found ourselves taking photos that are not only insignificant but smartly improper that sometimes pose threats to our peace of mind.
On many occasions, photos land us in big troubles: many people lost their jobs, some were convicted and tried; it broke marriages, shattered dreams, and made rich people poor. However, sometimes the photos we take belie our sense of humanity. For example, sharing pictures of victims of a ghastly accident is more horrible than sharing nudes.
Although photos motivate and make things extremely simple, sometimes they appear to be fallacious and discouraging, and when that happens, it does more harm than the purpose it was captured for. Thus I advocate for photos for a good cause.
Ismaila Academician wrote from Kano via firstname.lastname@example.org.