Adventures, Shoots, and Stuff in Between
One of my all-time favorite song quotes is from “Old Soul Song” by Bright Eyes; it goes like this:
We left before the dust had time to settle,
And all the broken glass swept off the avenue,
And on the way home held your camera like a bible,
Just wishing so bad that it held some kind of truth
I think that, as a society, we definitely have a fascination with preserving a history of ourselves; we want to be remembered by some one, some time. And there’s truth in photographs. I used to tell people that I wasn’t taking pictures, I was capturing souls in my camera box – creepy, I know! But there is at least some element of truth to that; when you snap someone’s photograph, you have exercised a very unique privilege — the privilege of capturing that exact person for that exact and only moment in history…! As humans, we are in constant change; we are constantly learning, growing, our experiences are changing, and you will never again be the exact same person that you are right now. Or now. Or now. So photographs to me are more than an image, they’re a privilege; they’re part of some historic moment in time that you were a part of – nay, created; I never take photography lightly, I am honored to practice it. And yes, I do hope to be able to look back on my images and discover some presently unrecognized truth.
But, in the contradiction of the day, I rarely take pictures when I attend social gatherings because I’m fearful of missing out on the true excitement of those moments. Memories are more vivid than any photograph could ever be; photographs simply document those moments, those souls, for others to see later… to be remembered.
Sorry for being so philosophical; you know I can’t really help myself sometimes. So please now enjoy these photos of our dog, Frankie, and our cat, Bobbi Jo. I took them earlier this evening; Frankie was very cooperative but the kitty was doing her best to hide away… I guess she didn’t want her soul to be snatched up! They have a bevy of nicknames – Frankie goes by Frank, Franker, Bob Barker, Chief Poops-in-House-Not-in-Yard; Bobbi goes by Roberta, Blades, Kitty Galore (which is my personal favorite!), Robert Joseph. I can’t recall all of the nicknames right now but if I think of more I’ll throw them into the comments section. They’re good kids.
Photos are unedited, of course. I used Nikon’s high ISO and noise reduction settings for Bobbi since she found her way into a dark place; there’s some color degradation in the photos but overall I like it, and I liked it better than the traditional ISO 1000, 1600, etc settings.