Photographs represent snapshots of our past. They are a wonderful mix of all of the emotional moments with the people that we have shared our lives with. The moments that inspired us to grab the camera and capture the scene as if we could somehow freeze it in time and never let it go. In a way, that is what we do when we take the picture – we stop the clock and freeze the moment before it slips away.
What inspires you to grab the camera? It could be a birthday party, the Christmas tree or perhaps something as beautiful as a morning sunrise or a walk in a field of flowers. Most of my photos are of the people in my life. Sometimes I even take photographs of people I don’t know. The photographs may age but the people in them never do.
These pictures of people will be placed in my photo albums and remain forever young (or old) but never aging.
Look up at the (very old) photograph on the top of this page – it was taken over 70 years ago. My grandmother, my mom and my aunt spent the day picking wildflowers – my grandmother adored wildflowers. It was just a typical afternoon – nothing special at all. But you know what? It is one of my most treasured photographs because it speaks volumes about my mom’s family. They were poor. They didn’t own anything. They didn’t know where their next meal was going to come from – or if it would come. Most of all, they were happy. Part of their happiness rested in the fact that they had each other to lean on, elbow to elbow and shoulder to shoulder.
When I returned home today, I phoned my folks to see what they were doing. Their response was, “We are looking through some old photographs.” We all tend to cling to those pictures, we cherish them because they rekindle the moments when our lives were simpler, happier and we were all together in one place and time.
Perhaps because the time passes so quickly and there is never enough time to gather and sit or even just stroll in the meadows of wildflowers.
I hope you take some time to do that today and bring your camera and some people you love along so that you can freeze the moment. Years from now, you’ll be happy that you did when you are looking through those “old photographs.”
Source:Personal Photo Albums