Problem with Apache server

Hello everyone, would you please help me ?
I want to allow users on my web app to download their profile pictures, I would do this by saving pictures in mysql database but someone told me that it’s a bad practice to save pictures in mysql. So I decided to save pictures in the Apache server but the app doesn’t work. I fail to access pictures through mysql, would you tell me what to do and how ? I saved the pic in mysql with this path : “/Aplications/images/” ; and saved this path in my database in the VARCHAR(250) $table = "CREATE TABLE profile( INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, pic VARCHAR(250) NOT NULL ), but when I use the selected code, $sql = "SELECT pic FROM profile"; nothing in shown in the browser. help me please, right now my website is stopped due to this problem.