A person has to pick carefully what to remember; it can’t be everything. The rest sinks into obscurity at the bottom of a murky pool, and nothing can pull a memory back up to the surface quicker and with more clarity than a photograph. Something so simple as a camera has immense power – a moment is captured, the moment passes, and the photo remains, forever.
And because a photograph captures only one instant in time, and is an accurate and durable representation of that unique event, it inherently carries the impact of singularity.
There’s nothing else that can own a moment like that.