Photography is the ultimate tool for preserving memories. For many it’s also a wonderful tool for creating the feel of memories. What a powerful ability a photographer has to make that feeling. It takes a thoughtful technique and a great sense of imagination to intentionally create an image that makes another person respond personally. With manipulated photography an artist can evoke a sentimental quality that whispers something of our own past. A deliberate twist of contrast, a particular use of lighting, sandwiching images, a selective use of focus, added text - these manipulations can propel the viewer into something powerfully nostalgic. Now, there are images, for example, of beaches that make me think of my own times at the beach. There are cityscapes that remind me of my own experiences too. But what I am referring to now are images that are unrelated to my human experience and yet somehow feel familiar. The images feel like the past. Here are a few images with the ability to do just that.
Mind's Eye is a monthly post by Anika Toro. Anika lives in TN with her new baby, husband, and two naughty cats. She loves taking photos every moment of every day. She shares her photography in her shop, on her blog, and invites you to collaborate.