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Magic Powers and Time Machines…

The feedback from folks I have worked for or photographed with often repeat a theme “…it is great to have a set of images that will help us remember years from now what a great evening/event/vacation/workshop/etc it was…”. Isn’t that why we take pictures?? Even in the digital age where more and more images reside on hard drives and Ipads and smart phones isn’t it great to capture memories and freeze time!!

The discussions often get me thinking about the magic powers I felt so many years ago that the camera gave me–magic powers to “freeze time”; to allow a moment, an experience, to be revisited over and over. Silly notion I suppose, but it’s one of the many reasons I like photography.

Last week , while cleaning out an old box of “stuff”, I found an old image of my family. A fine looking bunch-my brothers had hair back then!! (ouch!!); my sister claims she liked the clogs??? OK-so we look like a bit like the Brady Bunch-same era, same bad outfits.

I also remember a TV clip from Mad Men about essentially the same thing.The slide carousel as a sort of “time machine”.

“…Nostalgia.

It’s delicate, but potent…

Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound.

It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.

This device… isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine.

It goes backwards, forwards.

It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.

It’s not called the Wheel.

It’s called the Carousel.

It lets us travel the way a child travels.

Around and around and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved….”

What will we all think about when we look at these images years from now??? Do you have some favorite images?? Do you have any magic powers??

I assembled some of my favorites from my initial trips to the National Parks in some collages that I shared with my daughters and that I know I will enjoy years from now along with so many others!!



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