A Memorable Experience in PhotographyTo experience photography, one must have a certain style of photographs toreally appreciate or admire.
Photographs are picturesque images and views thatreally catch the interest of the photographer. For me to experience and admirephotography, it took me only one photographer to really appreciate the power ithas his name is Robert Capa. Robert grew up in Hungary he experienced thepolitical unrest and turmoil. He lived under the oppression of Horthy andknew the kind of anarchy that constitutes war(Images of War 8).Robert’s work represented 3 categories:1.
Images of battle.2. Images of the effects of war.3.
Images of calamity(Photographs,Introduction).His work also had a swift understanding and sympathy for the people who sufferfrom being caught in war. This type of suffering made it impossible for himto ignore the events which affected their lives(Images of War 9). Robert’sbelief on photography is “If your pictures are not good enough, your not closeenough”(Photographs Foreword).
Robert’s breakthrough in the field of photography came during the Spanish CivilWar. His most famous picture was a snapshot of a courageous man in the act offalling(Capa18). His own special talents and course of world happenings, ledhim into a role as a professional photographer of war(Images of War20). Toreally admire and understand Capa, you must have a fascination for dramatic andemotional pictures of war. There probably has been thousands who admire thework he does. Well you can include me in that group of thousands. Capa putsinto perspective in just one photograph, something my grandfather will neverforget.
The Bombing of Pearl Harbor. The photograph that brings back thesememories is taken somewhere in Europe during World War II. It’s a photographthat has the air full of scores of Japanese warplanes. They are flying overwar stricken farmland.
As an American citizen, this photograph brings a lot ofemotions through me and would have brought greater emotions to my grandfather.I used this photograph because it brings back the memory of my grandfathertelling me the story of how he survived that tragic day.On December 7, 1941, my grandfather was stationed at Pearl Harbor as a airplanemechanic. It was still early in the morning and he was still sleeping. Thenout of nowhere he heard numerous explosions and then the sirens went off._ _Herushed out of bed and ran upstairs to see what was happening.
In the sky hesaw scores of Japanese airplanes flying and bombing the area. Some of theairplanes would risk their own lives to do more damage to the ships and theharbor. My grandfather said it was just unbelievable what was happening.
Youhad to of been here to have a clear picture of the destroyed surroundings.Numerous airplanes and ships were being destroyed and hundreds were beingwounded or killed. My grandfather said he was so scared he did not know whatto do. After it was all over he just sat their in midst of all the destructionand cried. After he got his emotions together, he helped in cleaning up one ofthe most disastrous events in United States history.
This experience has been a emotional one for me. In my eyes my grandfather wasa hero and Robert Capa helps me recollect that image in that one picture. Thispicture was not directly related to the event, but it brings back the memoriesof the day my grandfather told me the story. I never really was interested inphotography, but now I realize the beauty and power it can have on youremotions.Works CitedCapa, Robert. New York: Grossman, 1974.
Capa, Robert. Images Of War New York: Paragraphic Books, 1974.Capa, Robert.
PhotographsEds. Cornell Capa and Richard Whelan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc, 1985.