Why 21 grams? A random measure of weight? An inside story at the studio? Actually none of these. In 1901, Doctor Duncan MacDougall postulated that a soul has a measure of weight. A physical presence. Doctor MacDougall decided to prove his theory by weighing patients several hours prior to their passing and then again immediately following their passing. According to his study, his patients consistently lost an average amount of weight between their last moments and the time they were pronounced dead. Doctor MacDougall attributed this weight loss to the departure of the soul, therefore concluded from his study that the human soul weighs 21 grams. Though his study has received a hearty dose of skepticism from scientists and the medical world, the idea behind his theory has piqued the interest of millions. The idea that our existence can be summed is intriguing to say the least.
Since we started this blog, many people have asked why we chose to title it "21 Grams." Well...
Maybe we can't measure a soul. But maybe there are moments that define them. A child's head thrown back in hysterical laughter. A small touch of reassurance between a husband and wife. A kiss. A shy smile. A moment locked in time. These are the measures of a person.
Maybe that's the essence of photography that is so powerfully enticing to humans. Because one perfectly timed picture can capture the soul of the person behind it. The photo of a small child with a toothy giggle will always evoke the captured emotion of innocence and love for the mother who holds it. The photo catching the shining light in a new bride's eyes will forever reveal a soul full of devotion and adoration for her husband.
They say a picture's worth a thousand words. We think a picture speaks its own language. A language that comes as close to measuring the soul as music. A touch. A first kiss. And that's what 21 Grams is all about. Every photo reveals a piece of the soul behind it. A powerful emotion. A second of time frozen.
It has been said, "Every face reveals the life of the person behind it. This is something to be proud of." Our goal is to celebrate every piece of the soul we can capture. To memorialize every emotion. So that every parent, husband, wife, and loved one can treasure the fragment of time we manage to capture.
That's 21 Grams.