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Student Rocks Her Expository Essay!

By Lily Iatridis  April 23, 2014

BLOG- Raindrop on grassThis final essay is by Caitlyn P. , age 13, a student who recently finished our Expository Essay Short Course.


When people think of photography, they think of just a picture taken by someone, but it is so much more than that. It is a moment in life captured at that part of time. Some people just take pictures for the money. I am not saying that is bad at all, I am just saying that some people do it for the beauty and life that you can capture. Through the next few paragraphs I want to show you a different perspective on how I think of photography. Keep reading and see what you think. I might give you something you will not forget, or maybe you will see things in a whole new way.

There are many things that capture life that we want to remember. In family pictures, we want to see how much our family has grown. In school pictures, you look at how you changed over 12 different grades. College graduation marks the day you go out on your own and start your own life. Engagement photos show people that you are about to start a new life with someone you love. Weddings photos capture the day you first start that new life. Newborn photos capture when a new life came into your family. There are so many things in pictures that we take for granted. It is more than a picture. It is part of our life that no one can take away from us.

The moment I look at a picture I want to feel what the photographer was trying to capture. I want to feel the moment, not just look at it and remember what happened. For example, when you see a picture of a field of grain and the wind is blowing on it, what do you think? What do you feel? I want to smell the fresh grain or feel the wind. Some people might call me crazy for thinking this, but just listen to what I’m saying. Don't just look at a picture like it’s nothing. Have you ever just looked at something and known what it feels like? Well, that’s what I am trying to say. Try to feel what the picture is about.

Some people think a picture of an old lady might not be as beautiful as a rose can be. But it is not about what other people think. It’s about what you think is beautiful. ”Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Like the old lady, the photographer was probably thinking about her life and how it was beautiful. All this is beauty that can be captured: nature, sunrises, sunsets, a picture of a raindrop on a piece of grass. Anything can work. Some people really are scared of what other people think about their perspective. But I know it is about what I think. I saw a picture once where three different people were taking a picture. Two of the people were taking a picture of something in front of them. The other person was lying on her back looking upside down and taking a picture. She was seeing from a different perspective. Do not just copy how the world does it, do it your own way. Do not think of what other people might say. It’s your own perspective. Explore it!!

What do you think of photography now? There are many definitions for photography. My definition is that it is a moment in time captured, that no one can take away from you. What is your definition? It does not matter what people think photography is. It's what you think or feel. You never know what you can find in a photograph. Look at the it, and find its meaning. What does it make you feel?



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