Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: PHOTOS and/or SOUVENIR(S) (vacation) (07/16/15)
- TITLE: Let's Kodak - To the Future!
By Noel Mitaxa
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If those folks had no camera, they’d have to buy one so they could use the film you gave them. And then further expenses: like a projector, and a screen, and maybe thick curtains and an extra lounge suite in what was to become their home theatre...
But payback came when they happily invited you in for a meal―to be followed by a marathon of blurred images, headless friends and family members and the inevitable smudges of double exposures. All accompanied by the commentary... er debates... er arguments... er denials that attempted to define the moments and the stories behind the unwitting or unwilling folks who were frozen in time within these casseroles of photographic flubbery.
What was worse, they thanked you afterwards for introducing them to such a rewarding new hobby. And worse still, they were telling all your friends how grateful they were to you for your thoughtful generosity.
From then on, as each Christmas approached, you wondered how many of those friends would respond by sending you your own personal roll of undeveloped film. Or a twelve-thousand piece jigsaw depicting a sea of icebergs. Or maybe there would be a box on your doorstep with a cuddly, playful female kitten inside….
Back then; if you had a blackberry, you ate it; if you had a Bluetooth, you made an appointment with your dentist; and cameras―with light meters, time exposures and rotating flash bulbs―required a PhD to operate. (That’s a “Press here, Dummie!” button)
Taking pictures was literally a roll-play, with a maximum of twelve or twenty four snaps per roll; so you really had to weigh up whether you had the best time or the best angle for the shot. And your precious memories were maintained or mangled by what returned from the processing laboratory two weeks later. And so many snaps were somehow taken in total darkness – or at least that’s what came back.
Best left to the experts…
But times have changed.
In this digital age, our kids and grandkids are the experts―and the teachers. Armed with Facebook and twitter accounts; and cameras, tablets, and I-phones that produce instant movie footage; there’s no such thing as a production delay. With worldwide circulation a mere click away.
These kids will take no excuses like “but I take a terrible photo!” But, dear Anonymous Aggrieved, that’s what you actually look like! Scottish poet Robbie Burns once wrote of his desire for us to see ourselves as others see us; for we need to remember that our mirror-image actually shifts our facial features like hair partings, dimples or wrinkles from right to left. Where other people see them.
Yes, the kids know only too well that Photoshop can sweep any visual challenges aside; however this reassurance also creates a new world of challenges.
Court cases could once be clinched by photographic evidence―because the camera does not lie!―but now cameras can lie quite convincingly.
Family photos taken years apart emphasise the changes that cameras cannot hide. The old don’t look quite so old and the young don’t look so young; especially as we see their heads getting further and further away from their feet. And then, as they also become parents to affirm the cycle of life―not simply from a seasonal need to instinctively reproduce in order to ensure our species’ survival―but as a further extension of the love that got the family started.
Briefly, harking back to Robbie Burns, it’s those candid snaps that produce most surprises. For though a sure sign of reaching middle age is to hear our parents speaking when we open our mouths; it can be a little disconcerting to see the familiar background of a holiday somewhere―and to then briefly wonder how and when our parents suddenly invaded the foreground …
And they were even wearing our clothes!!!!
It’s reassuring to know that cameras only record these outside changes; while God’s grace keeps reaching into where and who we really are, to keep growing us into eternal life.
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