I read a quote once that said, “If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.”
I thought back to all the times I’ve taken photos; wanted to capture a moment; keep it frozen in time and realised that it’s all pointless.
We can’t preserve things exactly as they were. We can prolong their life to an extent, but we will never be able to keep things from changing.
Life is the same.
Life is meant to be lived and sometimes that involves letting go or giving up things that at one time we really did want or love. I used to think that was a sad thing, but I don’t anymore.
I call myself a photographer, but now I find that I’m taking less and less photos. It’s not because I don’t care about my art, I do. It’s just that my initial reason or motivation for taking photos, that is, for trying desperately to hold onto memories, is no longer there. I now take photos because I want to share the beauty I see through the lens with others. Once I show someone the photo, or post it on Instagram, I delete it. I’ve done my job, it’s done its job and it’s time to let it be free.
Now I’m free too.