Photography as a Practice

Hold Your Breath
When I used to take pictures with a real camera – not my camera phone – I would hold my breath for one moment to be sure that the image was not shaky. Or if the light was low, I’d hold for a little longer. I still try to stop time when I snap a pic.

Hang on to the Moment
My children think I take too many pictures. I can’t help it – I don’t want to forget the moment. But my son tells me that because I take a picture, I no longer remember the event. I, in effect, outsource my memory to my camera. I can’t help it; I want to hang on to the moment of transition, like my son’s high school graduation or college drop off. Life is so fleeting.

Hold the People Close
Sometimes I take a picture because I know I am not going to see the person for a while. And I want to hold them close to me by holding on to their image. Like the way people used to have portraits painted or wore lockets around their necks.

Yesterday my cousin Abby Nierman, who just started college in NYC, came over for Sunday dinner. She snapped a few pictures of me and Charlotte. (Chris was grocery shopping and Cate was in the throes of homework.) It took all of 20 minutes. She did such an awesome job. We felt relaxed and close. We love the pictures she took. We never had to hold our breath. We hung on to the moment and each other.

Visit Abby’s Facebook page. She’s majoring in entrepreneurship and is starting a small biz in portrait photography.

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2 thoughts on “Photography as a Practice

  1. In my family, I am the one who takes ‘too many pictures’ in and of the moment… as it turns out, there are certain family events for which my photos and videos are the only records ~ so, I will keep recording 🙂

  2. One of the things I love about today’s world is the digital pictures we can take. I am recording so much of my grandkids life that it makes me sad so many great photos of my own kids were never taken. It makes me even sadder that much much fewer pictures exist of me and my siblings.

    But more than that, I love photographing nature. It’s so beautiful! I love to see what the Master Artist has done!

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