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Time Stops in Snapshots

We have a few photos around the house that are, for lack of a better word, iconic in our household. These are photos where everything seemed to line up just right (or wrong) for a great picture.

I’ve recently converted a lot of old home videos onto my hard drive, and I stumbled across several forgotten videos that correspond to those snapshots. It’s amazing to see just how fleeting those snapshots truly are when you go back and see them on video.

As you watch the streaming video, you can see the flash or hear the click of the snapshot and almost don’t even recognize the moment when everything aligned as it looks in the snapshot. Even in posed photos, the “perfect” moment can’t be captured by the pose alone but relies on a lucky click during one certain instant.

I’ve posted before about the wonders of super-slow motion video, but a good old-fashioned snapshot can capture an even deeper, more intimate witness to life. A snapshot truly is a moment frozen in time, time that is a continuum of ever-changing instances, each as unique as snowflakes and fingerprints.

A good snapshot is worthy of holding dear and is a nice reminder that the moments themselves are equally precious.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a Friday Five that follows up on this theme!


One comment on “Time Stops in Snapshots

  1. Pingback: Falcone’s Friday Five: Perfectly Timed Photos « Falcone's Crossroads

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This entry was posted on August 9, 2012 by in Crossing Guard, Philosophers' Row and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , .
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