They say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” yet there is still a story behind each picture.
How did the photographer get the shot? Was it an epic adventure to a remote location where other people rarely visit, or as simple as getting up in the morning and looking out the window? Was is spur of the moment – grab the camera and hope the picture turns out, or more of a studio shot with better controlled factors – lighting, models, objects, etc.?
Photography is more than just capturing moments! It is about how the moment will be viewed and remembered. I may have a completely different response to a picture simply because I know exactly what created the moment.
That is why a picture is worth a thousand words, yet we each have different responses and interest levels in specific pictures. A viewer is connected to the picture simply by sight. A photographer spent a moment [or more] of their lives with anticipation that the shot would turn out. In some cases this means – blood, sweat, tears, adrenaline, fear, joy, gladness, sight, sound, taste, smell, etc. – are also attached to the photo for the persons involved with the moment captured [not literally – but in memory].