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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Photographs and Memories

…All that I Have are These (Jim Croce)

click click Digital cameras can, of course, take pictures silently click click But there’s something reassuring about the sound click click It lets you know you took a picture.

click click And today I have my camera with me click click And am walking through town looking like a bloody tourist click click Because somehow, click click I got this crazy idea in my head click click that if I can take a picture of everything click click that will be enough.

click click As if a piece of paper with ink on it click click—not that its even that substantial click click—just a memory card storing some pixels click click will some how contain all of my time here.

click click As if pictures could be enough click click As if words could be enough click click I can capture images click click I can capture events click click I can even capture feelings click click But I can’t capture the experience.

click click The experience is past click click Gone click click Never to be captured click click only in the present.

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But here I am, click click not experiencing, click click just trying to capture click click I’m walking down Broad Street, click click taking pictures like a bloody tourist click click And trying to stave off the inevitable.

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