We exist in single frames of time, but they pass quickly and seamlessly and so we are unaware of most of them; occasionally, the discrete click of a camera shutter marks the capture of one.
And so we are bestowed with the power to linger over a moment, a memory.
Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, and sometimes we struggle to remember… but no matter how we are affected, we can’t help but think that our frames are finite, our frames are numbered.
—Peter | Prosophos.
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19 thoughts on “Frames.”
Dude, this is brilliant image. These are the frames that matter, when all is said and done. The fact that the frames given us are finite is what makes the experience so intense and so powerful, if we live in the awareness of the moment. You image reminded me to be aware today and to live fully in the moment. Thank you, dear Peter. Be well.
Thanks “dude” :).
I’m often reminding myself of the same thing… most of the time I fail miserably. But, I try.
I find something very powerful and special in this post of yours. Both the image and the writing. One of my favorite.
Thanks Guy. I had a feeling you would like this one.
Peter you have articulated my personal thoughts towards photography very nicely!
Those frames we choose to keep are like pieces of treasure. Instead of being pieces of gold they are small particles of time.
Though, I often wonder what will become of them when we’re gone. I know our children will cherish them; our grandchildren less so. And beyond that, it’s an exercise in diminishing returns. I suppose a great-great-great grandchild would view them with a detached curiosity, or maybe if we’re lucky, declare: “nice photo.”
True….. it is one of the reasons I find photography a very personal outlet. There is no diminishing return with the person who captures these moments. It’s a great feeling.
Our brains and subsequent hormones released all have such unique and subtle differences. To ignite the same reactions we might have (as the photographer) is very rare. Sorry for the biological terms but that is what it boils down to…..IMO.
That is one of the reasons you have a following Peter! In my mind you have that ability for me to relate. It won’t be at your personal level but it is still very strong for me and others.
“The ability to relate” is the most any photographer could hope to do. Thank you so much Andrew for writing that, and for your sensitivity.
Incidentally, if any reader of this site appreciates film photography, have a look at Jason’s post “A film Legacy – Pt 1” (http://aperturepriority.co.nz/2012/11/06/a-film-legacy-pt-1/) on his site. The story is wonderful.
And congratulations Jason, on securing your M Monochrom. I’ll be following closely.
Thank you my friend for this generous mention.
As an aside the family of the photographer whose work appears in my post were in Toronto a few weeks ago, these people have such a fascinating family! Turns out they are relatives of Sir Isaac Brock who you will no doubt be familiar with for his role in the War of 1820. Remarkable, makes me feel quite dull 😉
or even the war of 1812…..
Something about this post (and the images accompanying the previous two posts) made me think of Henri Bergson.
I once tried to read (in translation, of course) his “Creative Evolution” and found my intellect insufficient to advance the bookmark (a coffee stained convenience store receipt) beyond page nine… thus, I am hard pressed to say why they brought him to mind.
Still I might suggest that while all our frames may be finite, and every photograph has its frame, really good images are not fixed, but have a commonality, a connectivity, that allows them to extend into many peoples lives in a myriad of ways, no two quite alike from viewer to viewer and view to view, that they seem also to touch upon the infinite.
And on that note, perhaps it is best I go fix myself a cocktail.
Greg, I hope you enjoy that cocktail as much as I’ve enjoyed reading your comments.
“…really good images are not fixed, but have a commonality, a connectivity, that allows them to extend into many peoples lives in a myriad of ways…”
…Is something I wholeheartedly agree with. It’s what I strive for, though rarely achieve.