I’ve been sifting through a lifetime of images over the last few weeks, in a myriad of formats – prints, transparencies and digital files. What started out as a simple quest: to find photos of my daughter Erin at various ages in her life, for a bridal shower “game”, quickly turned into a major, yet wonderful distraction. I was looking through the visual archive of my life – my husband/ partner’s life – Erin’s life and all the family and friends that made up a lifetime.
In the “old days” it was more of a working chore to take photos of casual gatherings. You needed to bring a camera, a flash and lenses with you (not to mention film), to be able to document various life events. Now, with cameras with us at all times in our phones, we are able to capture and share the moments of our lives, easily and all the time. Sometimes, it almost seems like we are more intent on capturing and sharing our “moments” than we are just living those moments.
I can tell you that experiencing something through the lens of my camera is a totally different experience than just “being in the moment” for me. There have been times when I’ve been intensely photographing something, when I didn’t really feel like I was experiencing “the moment”. I was shooting “the moment” but I wasn’t part of it.
My camera(s) have been a major part of my life. They have provided me access to my dreams and still do. As I looked through the decades of images, it was like reading chapters in a book, each unique yet connected and integral to my life’s journey.
As I thought about my journey, I realized that if I had one big “take away” – my curiosity for life is what drove me. There was always something I wanted to try or do or learn about – and so, I did. That usually put me in a position where I moved forward, rather than be left behind. I was lucky because it was organic to my nature. I was smart and maybe a little brave because I listened to myself.
My passion nowadays is to photograph and film others’ stories as my continued curiosity leads me to another chapter in my life.
Enjoy and savor every one of life’s moments – they go by in the blink of an eye.
“With my maps and my faith in the distance – Moving farther on” Jackson Browne