One thing I love to do during this time though is sit back and pore over the photos from my previous travels. At the moment I am pursuing a new found interest in photography so this particular activity has me cringing at the photos I took! If only I could go back now and capture the moment a little better!
While doing so I always think of this quote:
“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”
What I understand from this meaning is that as much as I wish I took the perfect shot, the photo represents so much more and each time I look at it I can remember how it felt to be there and that memory is so much greater than could ever be captured.
Memories of home, of new places and of people.
My photographs become an archive of past experiences. They are as much a part of my story as the destinations they depict.
When I started taking photos I wanted to take photographs of everything I saw, of everything that was new and different.
When I look through the photos of our trip to Fiji in 2009 I remember the excitement of my first overseas trip, and my first trip with the man who is now my husband.
I remember crossing into Denarau Island and realising that resorts where boring and I wanted to go back to the other side of the bridge to explore more and go on new adventures.
These photographs show me so much more than what they actually depict.
When I look at my photo of THAT Wanaka Tree what I remember is the miserable and cold arrival and being so determined that I was going to get this shot despite visibility being zero!
Any emotion can be captured in a photograph however it may only be felt by you as it is the memory that links you to that emotion.
Our individual experiences are represented in the photos we take. They are part of what makes us who we are. They shape us and give us a greater understanding of not only ourselves but of the world around us.
Instagram is my favourite social media platform because it celebrates images rather than words to express emotion. I love words but it is true that pictures can tell a story in a way that words cannot.
I will never stop taking photos, and yes I am one of those people who wants it all, to be present in the moment and to capture it perfectly on camera. But even if I am not 100% happy with the photo I took, at least it still provides that important link to our memories.
“It’s just another story caught up
In another photograph I found”
Do you relive your memories through photographs?