Photographs & Memories December 21, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
Memories are funny beasts.
Resurrecting sad moments may encourage sorrow to re-surface.
But even the happiest memories can make us sad as we reminisce about “the way we were.”
Moreover, memories are easily misfiled, mislaid, muddled up, and manipulated.
For a fascinating (and memorable) article about the way photographs erase and distort our memories:
Shutterbug Parents and Overexposed Lives (New York Times, 2/22/15)
When we disrupt an experience to capture a photo, it hinders our ability to store the memory intact.
As Dr. Linda Henkel, the noted psychologist, notes:
“We’re collecting trophies of our experiences rather than being engaged in the experiences.”
Now, smile and say, “This is NOT a Kodak moment.”
Aah . . . that’s better!