Day 2 of 31–
I have been called both emotional and an idealist.
(All three of the women in this house are, a bit– shall we say, passionate.)
I love Instagram. Mainly because of the filters. Now, before you gasp and question my sense of being “real.” You should know something.
My propensity to be an idealist, sees certain things… as good as they could possibly be. And frankly, I think I have a better understanding of what things “look” like to me than my iPhone camera does.
Therefore, I edit. I edit till my heart’s content. Well, I edit until it looks like what I saw from this side of the camera.
Sometimes that little camera doesn’t quite SEE what I see. The steam that was rising from that latte I enjoyed at my favorite spot on the porch of that coffee shop. The warmth of the sun on their hair, the boldness of the blue of the sky against the kelly green of the grass beneath their feet. Sometimes even the very real rosiness in their cheeks gets lost in the time in takes to snap a photo. But it was there. And I saw it. I was witness to that moment of beauty and that’s how I want to remember it. And so I open instagram and I put it back. Because they are my photos, which become my memories and I can do that.
So in “filtering” the days, it is not always that we are filtering out the very real bad and filtering in the good that is not there.
Sometimes we are putting back the feeling that was there all along, that you would miss if you weren’t present in the moment.
There is much to be said about this very unfinished topic–
but sometimes we should put the camera down altogether and as the great John Mayer once said, “see the world through both our eyes..”
And then other times, we should snap away. Snap away and catch the moments that are so fleeting.
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams
I love this one: Wise Abe said it so well— HA!
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud