A Memory

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St. Paul’s, London, UK: Journal entry for March, 1993

This assignment was hard. How do you photograph something that has already happened? Isn’t a photograph immediately a memory? In which case a photograph of any old thing should count, right? What is a memory anyway? It’s a picture in your head, yes? So how do you recreate that picture in order to take a picture of it? AAAARGH. Damn you, Samantha!

“as far as [a] consciousness can be extended backwards to any past action or thought, so far reaches the identity of that person; it is the same self now as it was then; and it is by the same self with this present one that now reflects on it, that that action was done”

–Locke

One Reply to “A Memory”

  1. Again, another image I adore. And nice use of shallow depth of field.

    I was thinking about the Cartier-Bresson quote*: In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”

    For me, photographs are Leitmotivs**. Photographs create a sense of attachment and emotion to a moment which often reinforce a reality which didn’t exist at the time.

    *I didn’t remember the quote verbatim; I looked it up.
    **Ack. Is “leitmotivs” the correct plural of “leitmotiv”? And, for that matter, “v” or “f”?

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