A longtime photographer friend, Klaus Bohn, reminded me what wall prints are really all about. After a day that did not go right, you are feeling a little beat up and worn, you wander into the bedroom where this powerful emotional image glows back at you. Be it a nude, boudoir, glamour, fitness, or even a casual image, they all work this way.
It creates a happy feeling inside, adjusts your sights and emotions. This has been measured in reports.
The photograph on the wall, or the collection in your hands, is in reality, a trigger. Each time you look at it, lingering on the emotions it brings up, the stronger the trigger is.
It’s not just the image itself doing this. The image is a hook that takes you back to the emotions of the experience. How delightful it was, how much fun, how you felt about yourself; then it replaces the emotions you were feeling before your encounter with your image.
Yet, it’s bigger than that. The image becomes an anchor to all the good things happening at that time. How people reacted to your new images, other positive things, even small, that happened that day or the days around it. Your image connects with you at such a rich level.
Where its impact is the most effective, especially repeated exposure, is the subconscious. Your subconscious soaks it up, slowly altering your perception of your self. This perception in turn effects how you react to things, how you see your self and your world.
Your image or images also alters those that see it. Constant exposure to it colors their view of you. If it’s happy, sensuous, powerful, or creative, this strengthens those threads that define you in their minds. The images are honest, what they show is a pure slice of your personality, like a spot light highlighting that feature.
This brings into play the positive reinforcement from others. Chelsea was explaining why she was showing so many people her book and moved her wall image from her bedroom into her main entertainment area. It was not ego about how great it was, it was the glowing feedback from friends when they looked at her images. They reinforced that what she felt was there, was there; seen by others. She really enjoyed how thrilled they were to be able to look at the images.
Sarah’s delight was how everyone’s perception of her became altered, bolstering her. She loved the comments about how brave she was, how daring and bold; that they could not do that in a million years. She began to take more care in her own looks even noticing it was easier to work out or watch calories as she began living up to her image.
Sandy has this total zest for life. Not every day is perfect but she loves to find the warmth in every moment. It was important that we found those expressions in a bigger than life way. She found the images so effective that she came back several times to create different slices. She found having both wall prints and a collection of small images became her way to keep the warmth in her life when ever she hit the speed bumps.
It’s not well known but less than a month after Fox Talbot, considered the father of modern photography, produced his first images, his friend a doctor, began using photography images as therapy for his female patients in his mental asylum. Results happened immediately. A whole field of phototherapy grew up alongside the evolution of photography, but quietly on the side.
Images are that powerful.
It all boils down to happy feelings. I really liked that. It’s nice being apart of something so enriching to a woman’s life.