We need to relate the stories of our lives together to make sense. What better way to do that than to look back through your photos? Your life is a series of interconnected stories. Photos record those stories in the moment so we can relive them in the future.
Linking the important moments in our lives through our photos also creates a sense of continuity, a sense that life is not something that happens to us, but something that we actively shape. Achievements, milestones, and celebrations are occasions when photos are most often made. These are the stories that we record to remind ourselves in the future.
Looking back at our photos helps us identify threads of stories that we may not have noticed before. Every time we look back at photos we have new eyes of experiences that have accumulated since our last viewing.