as i was exploring one of the decrepit relics of a home at the salton sea yesterday, i found a camera carrier… not a big deal except that it had 2 memory cards in it, one of them a very high capacity one. no name or any other identifying characteristics…. so i left my contact info on a bulletin board at the local store and took it home with me, hoping that if i looked at the pics there would be some identity clues.
as it turned out, both cards were empty and i breathed a sigh of relief. i would not want to be holding on to someone else’s memories… but it did get me thinking about how much having my photos enriches the experience after the fact.
all great experiences are so fleeting… and i do firmly believe that staying in the present is the key to many of life’s difficulties, but for me, being able to revisit a good time through photos is very life-enhancing.
i’m always reorganizing, deleting, editing, looking through old files for particular images and seeing details of old pics with new eyes. i have been doing this for several years now and am just starting to realize the power of it.
so many of my experiences of the last few years can be revisited. sure, it’s fun to share the images with others, but when it comes down to it, i want those pics for me. they bring me right back. thoughts, feelings, emotions, all right there.
i can’t even imagine coming home from somewhere and not having the pics to emphasize, enrich and revisit. it’s become a way of life and i like it.