Life Happens. Capture it.

I have been reflecting on the subject of life lately. Primarily my own, but also in general. After returning from Iraq, my perspective has changed and I have learned to appreciate little things in a whole new light.

While contemplating life, I found myself flipping through old photo albums. I have done this many times before without much thought, but this time it struck me that these albums were a photographic chronicle of my life, from birth until today.

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Each photo that I looked at brought back all of the memories and emotions of that moment in time. I reflected on what was going on that day ie. birthday, school picture day, that camping trip to the lake when I was 8, and so on.

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I saw people that I haven't seen in years, some who have passed away, some who just moved away. I saw smiles, frowns, crazy poses, friends, family, pets, and places I haven't been to in a long time.
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Once my memory started churning, I began thinking about things that I have seen, places I have been, and people that I know, which weren't present in my albums. I began to regret not having a photo of these things, because some of these memories were growing dim.

There were people I knew, whose faces I couldn't quite recall. Places I had been, though the details were no longer crisp. Occasions that I can barely recall. I began wonder how many memories were lost to me. I concluded that I intend to attempt to record as much of the rest of my life, and the lives of those dear to me, as I can. Most of these images will be only viewed by myself, and my friends and family, but they will become a part of our human record.

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Confirmation that we lived to generations to come. My goal is for these images to tell a story so that others may be able to look through a window into the world that we have seen.

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I have updated my "Greatest Inventions" list to have the camera at the top of the list. Granted a video camera can also capture these things, but I am kind of old school in my belief that "a picture is (still) worth a thousand words" .

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August 26, 2008

Amyemilia

A still photograph gives the viewer the luxury of studying the scene, thinking about it, mulling over the fine details. Video has its own merits, but I completely agree with you that the still photo is valuable.

A nice post!

August 26, 2008

Rebeccaosborn

great article. It is true that we have so many opportunities all round us, but we so often let them pass by and miss them.

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