Take Photos To Remember Your Experiences? Think Again

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kicking off a series that explores the relationship between human memory and photography in the age of smartphone cameras, Audie Cornish talks to psychologist Linda Henkel about whether photographs impair our memory.

"As soon as you hit click on that camera, it's as if you've outsourced your memory," Henkel says. "Anytime we kind of count on these external memory devices, we're taking away from the kind of mental cognitive processing that might help us actually remember that stuff on our own."

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Lori Adams

It would be helpful if Linda Henkel talked to professional photographers about the process of taking photos. This was left out of the interview. Professional photographers live and breath picture taking. When one documents, the photographer can be outside of the event, but also be hyper-aware and assembling a portion of elements of the events in a way to to tell the story and in that way understand the photo can trigger incredible memories.

Again, it would be helpful if she contrasted amateur picture taking with professional picture making.

As a professional photogrpaher, I have stopped taking photos of many personal events because I want the pleasure of being there. On the other hand, when wanting to document the event, I use my analytical skills to evaluate moment, light, color to achieve a composition that tells the story. It is work, that when well done, is a story.

May. 21 2014 09:34 PM

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