By definition, a camera ;is a device used for recording visual images in the form of photographs, film, or video signals; however, since the initial vision of this device, it has proven to be so much more. The importance of the camera does not prove to be in the object itself, but rather in what it creates. Photography has formed new means of education and history, along with a new lifestyle in itself. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are,” said Ernst Haas, photojournalist, and pioneer of color filming. He was exactly right. Photography opened up a new facet of ideas when it was first created, and it was obvious that this concept would forever change the world.
Imagine an individual who is visually impaired; for them to see the world around them, that individual would need to wear eyeglasses. However, hundreds of years ago, eyewear was incredibly underdeveloped compared to modern glasses, thus their knowledge of how things looked was minimal to none at all. Then technology improved. Everything was so clear; their barriers had been broken and the whole world lay ahead for them to explore and discover.
This can be compared to the culture of art during the creation of photography. Cameras made artists look farther, dream bigger, and imagine greater and, they will continue to do so for centuries to come.
What does one see through the lens of a camera? The more important question is, what does one not see with a camera? Think about the average daily routine. Perhaps when people wake up, they take a morning shower; make their coffee, and then what? Most people turn their televisions on to see what is on the news or to watch some show, but what if the world was without cameras? Everyone’s life would change. People would not be able to keep up with the news, or any media for that matter. We wouldn’t even know what our planet looks like, much less any other planets in our solar system. ; The societies of science, recreation, and education have all greatly benefited from the use and development of the camera in some unimaginable ways.