Saturday, January 4, 2014

Photographic Past

When my father suggested we gather around and watch a slide show of old photographs on new years, he also suggested we drink some wine to make the event more enjoyable. With or without the wine, looking back on my father's childhood in an array of photographs was a joy. In a time where each click of the camera was meaningful, the pictures we have today of the past are priceless. It was a much different life back then, and back then was not really that long ago. Even so, times have changed. We cling to our cell phones, computers, and tablets as though we can't survive a day without them. We have thousands of bad pictures taking up space because today just about anything can take a picture. Even so, in the jumble of all the bad, there is still a lot of good. Memories are encased in a moment that was still taken with just one click. Thanks to modern technology, we can gain access to the hundreds of photographs that had previously been forgotten in a box. The past can come to life again in the present and we can once again remember what it means to capture life well lived.   

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
― Ansel Adams

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