It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 16

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this — as in other ways — they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. 

John Berger

August 11th - the days of our lives

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.

Tony Benn

Our lives are filled with images. They’re everywhere--on our phones, on television, on the side of the road. Pictures of celebrities. Pictures of athletes. Pictures of just about everything.

I’ve got shoe boxes full of old pictures before the days of digital cameras and my computer is full of photos I’ve taken since then.  Most of the pictures are of happy times and special occasions like birthdays and holidays.  Seldom to we ever take pictures of bad times or sad times.

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. 

Marcel Proust

It never fails to amaze me how people do change yet when we haven’t seen them in a long time their image remains the same in my mind.  Some of my grandchildren are growing in leaps and bounds and when I think of the last time I saw them as compared to now you’d hardly know who they were.

A lot of my photos are of the view from my porch.  Documenting the seasons with flowers blooming or snow coming down. I have pictures of the trees, bare and grey in winter, leaf buds popping out in spring, in full leaf of summer and beautifully colored in the fall.  There isn’t much in my life that hasn’t been photographed.

A photograph is usually looked at — seldom looked into. 

Ansel Adams


betty said...

It is fun to look at pictures and remember the times before. So many of mine too are on the computer. I need to back them up so I don't lose them.


jack69 said...

I love my digital and scanned pictures, but nothing takes the place of the feeling as a kid, looking into the shoe box or black felt pages with pictures held by corner stickers.
You mentioned a fact. The person we know is remembered by the last mental picture we remember of them, they do not age or change (until you see them again).
Yes good memories in pictures (mostly) ;-)

Buttercup said...

Once I started blogging I started taking pictures of everything. I've let a lot of them go -- there are thousands -- and my very favorites I make hard copies. There are maybe fifty of those. I still have a drawer of pictures, but I think it's time to let go of those, too.