It is true what they say, pictures says a thousand words, but an old pictures says a thousand words that have long been forgotten. They reveal history at its best better than you and me, better than anyone, and everyone. An old picture is a gateway to that moment of time it was taken in, it might show you how people were living and their traditions and customs. Old pictures like old things have grace; a sense of their own, it has so much life in it, so much to tell you, and so much to share. Their essence flows into your minds triggering various feelings and emotions, whether of despair, of joy, of love, hate, it simply leaves your speechless, admiring its beauty, regardless of contents.
Old photos have such a beauty to them, the worn out feeling gives it warmth, gives it a core, gives it a heart, and artists have realized that and are trying to recreate the feeling, but nothing works best like time, it is when you let nature take its course and wash away the colors, and stain it here and there, burn it here and there, torn out edges, and even parts, the core will still remain somewhat intact, it is because it’s a declaration of the great battle and the great suffering the photo has survived, it has stood the test of time. A picture stops the moment from running away, it saves it forever, helps you recollect each second that was lived before or after or even during the moment it was taken, through the use of your memory or perhaps your own imagination.
To conclude all of what I have said, I would like to share with you some quotes I have discovered while rummaging on the internet, I believed those should help get the point clearly and beautifully:
“Faded, ragged, torn or dusty pictures means someone cared enough to hold onto them……”
“”A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”"
Author: Ernst Haas