Long ago, it must be.
I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you!
Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends
This is a picture of my great-grandmother, taken by my grandfather around 1960, just a few years before I was born. The pictures in this post are obviously not my own but still they hold memories for me. Memories I never lived myself. But still they are memories conveyed by the photographs.
I knew my great-grandmother, she died when I was around seven or eight years old. And I knew my grandfather, who took this picture, as well. Here he is with my mother, the dog and the tame crow they had.
Memories! Photographs are memories, reminders of days past. They fix in time those unique moments and places that will never come back.
It is important not to rely only on photographs like most people do today – see the overwhelming Instagram-Selfie flood – but also on your own brain to store the most important memories and feelings. But on the other hand, a single photograph can bring back all the other moments associated with it.
I’m not one for keeping family albums and showing them off to everyone. That’s boring me and all the others. I don’t even take many photographs of my family and perhaps that’s not a good thing. I should do it more but it’s really not my thing.Anyways, Simon and Garfunkel had it nailed with this song. And the memories must not necessarily be of people, of family. For me, my pictures remind me of the moment I took them. Of the feelings I had at that moment, of the state of mind I was in.
My memories of the fun I had taking them!
Keep on shooting and thanks for visiting!