Turned over Cars and Burning Buildings – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and this isn’t truer than when you see an image of a recent disaster. So why do people do it? Is it ok to do so?
Ultimately people take photos to tell stories, whether it’s their outfit, of themselves or even their breakfast, and it’s even sometimes an overturned car, or of a burning down building. These images, whether we like it or not, invoke strong emotions that are within us; grief, empathy, and even a sense of helplessness.
Is it ok to take pictures of disasters? Yes, because it keeps us informed of what is happening around us. It helps us put into perspective the immensity of the disaster, it even helps us to empathise with the victims. Think about the last time you saw an image of the remains of Grenfell tower, it probably got you thinking about the security measures, and what could have been done better. Every time you see an image of it, it will remind you of the people who lost their homes.
Of course, there are people who will use images of tragedies for personal gain. They can do this either by promoting themselves or to get more views, some will even go as far as faking tragedies, YouTube pranks anyone?
We take pictures because it helps us remember our mistakes and prevent against them as society. We take pictures because it helps us to connect as a community. We should not take pictures to exploit the loss of life, just for the sake of personal gain.