The moment I finished reading Phillygrrl’s excellent recent post on photography and memory, I resolved to start taking more pictures. She writes:
People forget. My mind is a sieve. If I didn’t take a photo, I would be unable to recollect that person or that place. Perhaps not for the first year or so, but five years later, I would be sure to forget the details. Do you remember what you did five years ago? How you looked? What you wore? Just take a photo. It lasts longer.
So, so true. Photographs not only capture what we once were personally, but also how far we’ve come historically. For example, fifteen years ago, do you think that anyone imagined that the scene below would be a common sight in New York City?