“One of the things we love about the still image is the way in which it can stimulate the imagination to create a fiction around an image. The fact that we can commit a single image to memory in a way that we cannot with video is a big reason photography is still used so much today.”
In short, photos are more memorable. They also tell a piece of the story which leaves the rest open to the imagination. Videos reveal too much, removing the mystery of the still moment.
A close friend once told me that he doesn’t take pictures of anything that can be Googled.
Ever since then I’ve moved away from commonplace photos and have looked for more unique image opportunities.
But what happens when a helicopter flies over the Brooklyn Bridge or a cute kid sits on a public fountain? All of a sudden that Googleable image tells a story.
Old and well-known things get rediscovered when a new element gets added. Even an Instagram filter adds a different perspective. Maybe you’ve never seen the Empire State in Sepia or Chromogenic.
In the words of Auguste Rodin:
I invent nothing. I rediscover.