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Heritage Photographs

Photographs capture moments that last a lifetime. Since the time cameras came into being in 1839, photographs have frozen time, people, and memories. A legacy that passes on from generations becomes a part of the heritage. Ancient architecture, books, furniture, tools, vehicles, towns and villages are a part of a heritage of a bygone era. When a camera captures all of these in their element of ancient and grand majesty, a heritage photograph gets taken. These photographs then become a source of knowledge and pride for people.

Photography in itself needs skill. When it comes to heritage photography, however, it will definitely have to be passed on as an acquired skill. Photographing is as much an art of playing with light, angles and creativity as it is about seeing things for what they are. Heritage cites and objects are like a book that is waiting to be discovered. While photographing subjects with a history, the final outcome is expected to tell a story. A heritage photograph therefore becomes a story squeezed into a frame. Here however the story is brought to fore through the composition of the photo itself.

For instance to bring to life an old heritage site where the old house still stands and the old vehicles are still preserved, needs a lot of creative thinking. Though it will make for an excellent heritage photograph with a lot of appeal, to capture the mood of the site itself, a photographer must consider a lot of options like the best time for natural light, effects of morning, afternoon and night, breathing space for the photograph, elevation to capture the subject from the best angle possible, etc. Since, unlike a landscape or a nature photograph, a heritage photograph has the responsibility of bringing back a bygone era, a heritage photographer needs to be passionate about rediscovering what was, for a perfect capture.