When reading The Cinematic edited by David Campany a few thoughts came up with regards to generally underpinning my thoughts on photography.
Thinking back to when I first thought about the snapshot aesthetic and in turn the idea of memory, I remember looking at the found photography of Joachim Schmidt. It was the physicality that really intrigued me about what the photograph actually was and what its role was. What is the purpose of these images all around us. For me they are memories, souvenirs of events and as Campany cites Sontag:
To collect photographs is to collect the world. Movies and television programmes light up walls, flicker, and go out; but with still photographs the images also an object, lightweight, cheap to produce, easy to carry about, accumulate, store." (Sontag,1977:1-2)
Thee is a magic within he photograph that I don't find in anything else, and whilst thinking about Sontag I found a perfect quote for the role the photograph plays as a 2D image of the 3d world as well as an object. Sontag concludes that "Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood." (1977:1-2)