‘“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can‘t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” ― Susan Sontag, On Photography’
‘Grab that camera, i dare you.’
When i was younger i wanted to become a photographer. And so i did. I was young and i thought i had seen and knew it all, but life was just starting. I learned a lot from studying photography while i was in school. It has helped me to become the person i am today.
When you are a photographer you are behind the camera, you are an observer.
It makes you live in the now. You capture the present moment. But it is in the eye of the beholder. When you give ten kids a camera and the same subject they all come back with different pictures and that is the beauty of it. We all see things differently.
I used to keep a suitcase of moments and i would carry it with me everytime i moved.
Over the years i threw away a lot of pictures. I dont look at it as much and why keep holding on to the past? My suitcase is almost empty now, ofcourse i still have some pictures.
But most pictures i took, are now a memorie in my head.
And from the most beautiful moments i never had a camera with me because it are the unexpected moments in life.
“to take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”― Susan Sontag, On Photography
I suggest and dare you to grab that camera. Rise your conciousness but dont hold on to the picture. It leaves you with a moment of the past.
I love the quote:
Life is like a camera, focus on what is important, capture the goodtimes, develop from the negatives and if things dont work out take another shot.
WHen your making pictures with an analog camera, your really taking in the moment. You take your time. You think about the lightning, composition etc and probably you can still remember years from now the moment when you where taking that picture and what you where thinking or feeling. Your conciousness was rising.
And that is what i love about capturing moments. And bringing a camera with me on holidays.
Nowadays i make snapshots with my phone like everyone else but once in a while i bring my camera on a trip, because i want to remember. I want to make memories.