About a decade ago, we saw a rainbow as we were driving north on I-287 in New Jersey. We had a camera with us and got the pictures. That turned out to be the same day our niece was born. Again, a new memory created.
Another time we were on a family vacation at Disney World in Florida. An entertainer who was juggling bowling pins on the Boardwalk between EPCOT and the movie studio called on our younger daughter to help him out. Unfortunately, the video of the moment was lost forever when someone stole the camera. Luckily, my wife also took photos with the DSLR, so once again a wonderful memory was preserved.
Sadly, having a camera in the right place at the right time can accompany tragic events as well. Last year, I attended a live streaming podcast at Unique Photo n Fairfield, NJ. The professional photographer who was interviewed lived about 10 miles or so from NYC. From his apartment, he had a view of the Twin Towers. Using a film-based camera, he took numerous photos, from a distance, of the unfolding events. One of the photos caught the attention of People Magazine. It ran as the magazine's first two-page cover photo. The point is that a photograph can generate a stream of memories, personal or shared.This is part of the fabric of being living, breathing individuals.