A beautiful ode (?) to photography

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Hyubie, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    I loved this story. Especially poignant was when he said he realized how postcards didn't make him remember his London, his Paris, or his Istanbul. Sometimes amidst all this gear-hunting, it is nice to be reminded of the why, and not the what. And it is nice to be reminded how lucky we are that we are able to keep mementos we can go back to -- even now I find extreme joy when going back to pictures of my kids just a few years ago -- I can barely remember that they were once that small. Especially delightful is running into a photograph of a moment you already competely forgot, but there it is in your photo.
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  2. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    A very nice piece. The bit that struck me was this:

    I kept journals, obsessively scribbling my way through my travels, though, when I looked back over them years later, I was dismayed by how interior my experiences were: My writings weren’t about Lisbon, they were about how I felt in Lisbon.

    So true of so much 'travel' writing these days, that tells so little about the place and so much, in tiresome unwanted detail, about the writer.
  3. mattia

    mattia Regular

    Dec 20, 2013
    Nice read (and the author is a woman, if I'm not mistaken. Not that it matters…)
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I've seen it suggested a number of times to step out from behind the camera, have a good time not taking photos, and just buy a book containing pre-packaged memories of someone else's photos. A camera is in fact one of the best tools to get you out exploring, as well as a device for recording your memories.

    I've never quite managed to keep a journal however.
  5. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant Veteran

    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    You shoot pictures, LP - yes? Then you keep a journal. :smile:
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