Photography might be one of the most powerful methods of storytelling that exists. I guess that’s why the very corny line of “a picture is worth a thousand words” exists. Until very recently, and the advent of digital photo manipulation, a photo was the most definite way to verify the events of an occurrence. The final nature of a photograph leaves an ingrained impression into the mind of the beholder in a much more impactful way then reading some piece of information can.
What was done by Julia Moore with her daughter Emma is a perfect example of how powerful photographs can be. The message of a women can be so much more than a princess or what is generally “accepted” is incredibly powerful and can be done in a variety of ways. An essay or an op-ed written by Moore about her daughter’s foray into looking past typical childhood aspirations could have had an immense impact on how many view gender roles. But I think that instead of going down a road that has been travelled before and attempting to appeal to the masses, Moore was using the power of photography to convey a deeply personal and lasting message to her daughter. These photos have the potential to stay with Emma for an eternity and guide her through her coming of age.
In my opinion, photography is the only medium that could have such a captivating effect on Emma. Photos have the ability to transcend time and capture a moment in the purest fashion. This ability to deliver emotions and feelings in such an effective way is one of the reasons I think humans have a general fascination with the medium and the art form. Thus has led to the popularity of Instagram. Selfies, in general, and the various apps that promote them, are the perfect delivery method for the emotions that photos have. Overall, photography does the job that many mediums cannot and should lead to a bright future for Emma.