When I first began in photography I used to seek out the perfect picture of a mountain, or a monument or some image that would hold emotional claim to the viewer. This is a tall order and usually misses the mark completely. In order for a photography to convey emotion it must tall a story which holds meaning to the viewer. And this is the simple truth of photography.
When I look back at the tens of thousands of images I have taken it is the pictures of friends and family that stand out. Those images that singularly or collectively tell the story of a family. The end of a fight, a birthday party or an important school event. All captured for me to enjoy years later and remember the day, the moment.
To those who are getting into photography I tell them to practice with family and friends. This ensures that even if the picture is not perfect, it will hold important emotional value in the years to come. Is there any higher purpose to photography that this?