So which are the photos we do remember?

By Albin Hillert, Life on Earth Pictures

In a time when more and more people are taking more and more photos using more and more devices, sometimes we need to step back and ask the simple questions.

Which are the photos we will remember?

Even for those of us who put considerable time and effort into not only snapping away with a camera – but in processing, captioning, sorting and sharing our photos – it begs the question: how do we grapple with the challenge of not producing more photos than we can properly process?

Where do we find those moments we truly treasure?

And which are the photos that we remember at the end of the day?

Is it that single face, of dignity restored?

Marching through Oslo, Norway, Yoshiko Tanaka, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima as the only one among her friends at school, celebrates that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Arms has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Scars running deep, it’s only for a few years that she has spoken publicly about her experience. December 2017

Is it the photo that reveals self-contradiction and conflict, in a context where respect and collaboration are so dearly needed?

“Shame, shame, shame,” shouts a group of sex workers as the Positive Flame, described as a “torch of inclusion” is lit at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. The torch is to connect the 2018 conference with the 2020 conference, which is expected to take place in the United States, and the protestors object because people from key populations as well as other groups, such as Muslims, may have difficilties getting a visa to travel to the United States. “No conference in the United States, no conference in the United States,” they went on to chant. The Positive Flame is intended to travel from one International AIDS Conference to the next, and echoes the Olympic Flame that was introduced at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. July 2018

Is it when smoke rises in the distance, creating the impression of a sunset?

A cloud of heavy smoke rises to cover the sun in the distance, as a severely hot summer has set thousands upon thousands of acres of forest land on fire in Kårböle, Ljusdal, Sweden, forcing people to evacuate their homes and villages to escape the flames. July 2018

The picture of a calm encounter between young and old?

Young and old meet in Bogis-Bossey, in the Swiss countryside near Geneva. June 2018

Is it that single image, when you just happened to be there as the moment flew by?

A girl runs through the centre of the colonial town of Trinidad, Cuba. September 2015

When the littlest of people enters the stage, only to accidentally steal the show?

Young girl Maya joins dancers on stage, during a cultural night of song and dance offered to visitors to Bogotá. April 2018

The one that doesn’t strike your interest immediately, but grows on you as you keep looking?

A man speaks on the phone in the Jerusalem Old Town. May 2016

Or is it that photo you weren’t planning to take, but which just had to appear before your eyes as you were heading home?

People watch the sun rise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of Morocco’s two Saharan seas of sand dunes. January 2018