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Lately I have been thinking about all the ways in which Photography has given me superpowers. For instance: I can freeze a special moment (any moment actually), I can capture someone's soul (huge!), I can make people smile (and I'm so not the funny type), I can make someone feel beautiful (I only reveal the beauty that is already there), I can change the world (documenting and sharing stories), I can make one travel around the world (through images), I can create memories (for myself or someone else),I can make ordinary things look extraordinary (it's all about how you look at things), etc...

But I know it is not just me, right?

So tell me, what superpowers have you acquired since you've started carrying a camera? Can you share an image to illustrate that superpower today?

Reader Comments (22)

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August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroman harper jersey
I can offer up the feeling of freedom and flight..a 'super'power us mere humans will never know:
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie
oh, how i adore this post. i love it so much!
sometimes i capture a moment that makes me feel as if i have traveled through time. that would be a cool superpower!
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterurban muser
As a graphic designer I became experienced in photo editing before becoming experienced in photography, even though I've been taking photos much longer. I recently attended a seminar that taught me new ways to look at images. For example as a designer I always want my subject leaning INTO the picture, but as a photographer I learned just the opposite is a good thing. Leaning out of the image creates "tension". Each new piece of information I learn makes my superpower stronger.

Here's an image SOOC taken recently: At first glance I loved the sparkly bokeh background, but in the editing process I realized those white circles of light were distracting.

Here's the final image edited and posted to my blog:
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoris
LOVE this post ~ My superpower is to zoom in and freeze the details of "the ultrafast moments" otherwise missed by the naked eye.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill
I am just starting to learn what my super powers can do. It even shocks me. How through the lens I can capture the very feeling that was felt in that moment but couldn't by looking what I just took a shot of. Its like I have xray feela vision Ha...
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie A
I can "see" lots of things that are invisible to most people.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheri
I love all the powers you guys are mentioning!!! So good :)

Thank you all for sharing! xo
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
My granddaughter is able to give me a kind of superpower. The power to catch the perfect moment.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpthurmond1
Oh Alex, how I love this theme -- what beautiful questions you posed! I love the beautiful distortions that cameras sometimes motivate us to embrace, even the unintentional ones. In this photoessay in the Atlantic's In Focus blog, photos #17 and #27 embrace that magical superpower of photography:

I have loved Alan Taylor's work, from the Boston Globe Big Picture blog to the Atlantic, and I think the photos in this essay are heart-breakingly beautiful.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
this is one of my favorite shutter sisters posts to date!

yes, yes, yes... all those things. i don't think taking pictures gives me any other super powers that you have not already mentioned. but it gives me all those powers you have mentioned {except for the making someone travel around the world, as i don't do much traveling myself... although, i guess someone in africa is traveling to my part of the world if they see a photo i take in my part of the world}.

what a delightful thought... to think of any art form giving us super powers. music, painting, photography... anything, really! wonderful!

here is a photo where i like to think i "made someone beautiful"... my mother and my son:
and yes, i was only revealing what was already there.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
With camera in hand, I now have the ability to freeze time to capture a moment forever, and reflect upon it years later to remember how I felt when I pressed that shutter button at that particular moment:
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBridget [aviary]
I love this idea! I think one superpower I may have is finding deeper meanings my photographs.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat
so well written post. i've been thinking that i am able to see so much more beauty around me and appreciate beauty in everydaylife since i started with photography. i am so glad to have this superpower :)
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina
This is a fantastic discussion topic. I'm really glad my friend sent a link to your blog last week. The topics are inspiring and thought provoiking. You've moved me to write a post on my own blog in response to your question. I don't want to seem like I'm spamming you with this link, but here it is.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucent Imagery
with my photography i help preserve a piece of nature behind my house

by documenting the beauty of the landscape throughout the seasons i can help convince the authorities not to turn it over to project developers

today i was at a country fair, liistening to the band, when suddenly a tall, skinny old man got up and started to dance with a much younger woman (later someone told me his age was 91...!)
they were totally absorbed in the rhythm of the music and just kept on twisting and jiving, it was a sight for sore eyes
so i got out my iPhone and kept shooting, i so much wanted to capture their joy and their energy
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrakusribut
Wonderful post and wonderful responses! I don't know if it's a superpower but I try to make art from life and link it to timeless truths.
August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherralee
Bridget said what i wanted to camera gives me the superpower of capturing a simple moment in time...that in time, will become more than just a simple moment!
August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Black Bear Cabin
So so thrilled to read about all your powers, sisters! And if you are in doubt about your own, do not fret! Look closely and you'll sure find your thing! xo
August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
LOVE this post. For me, it's all those things but put more simply, I can CREATE! Carrying my camera and documenting family, friends, and the world around me has been a beautiful way to tap back into the creative corners of my mind that had frankly been feeling a little dusty during the first few years of parenting.
As always, thanks for the inspiring posts.
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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