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If Life is an illusion, then why do I keep banging my head against the wall?

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I Mean Really, What’s In A Picture?

February 16th, 2015 · 4 Comments

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My niece, Katarina, taking a selfie of us a few months ago.

Back when I was young there were no selfies, no holding a camera in the palm of your hand with the option of sharing your photos instantaneously with the world.  I’m talking about the days when you had to take a roll of film to a store to get developed and you had no idea if the shots you took were good or not.  You could only hope the photos were in focus or they showed your good side because it was hit or miss. You paid good money for them and you didn’t have the option of taking ten pictures until you got it right and you were satisfied. As often as not,  it was a miss and those photos stayed inside the packet they came in rather than an album for all to see.

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve with half a million other people.

Patrick and I were talking to friends the other day and we were telling them about a New Year’s Eve we spent on the Champs-Elysées with 500,000 other people waiting to ring in the new year. This was 2002 and we still used a roll of film in our camera. We had taken photos all evening and as we walked toward the Eiffel Tower it was sparkling in all its glory, so we stopped a lady and asked her to take a picture of the two of us. It was the final photo in the roll. We posed and smiled and it wasn’t until she clicked the camera that I realized her angle didn’t seem right.

I asked her, “You did take a photo of us with the Eiffel Tower, right?”

“Oh, you didn’t tell me to take the Eiffel Tower.” she said.

Ahh, duh! So what did she take? We found out after the film was developed.

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I know the Eiffel Tower is back there somewhere!

There was a photo of Patrick and me standing beside a tree. It could have been anywhere in the world where trees grow. Uh hum. Fast forward 13 years later and we now get a kick out of this photo. Thank goodness the Eiffel Tower is in our back yard, so to speak, or else it wouldn’t be funny. I can’t imagine someone saving for a once in a lifetime trip to Paris and having a picture of a tree as a souvenir on New Year’s Eve.

Anyway, all this because I realized the other day that the photos I have on my blog and my Facebook page have never been changed since I first started on social media in 2008.  The photos are seven years old and should be changed. They’re a somewhat younger version of myself. With age, I cringe whenever someone wants to take a photo of me. Well, to be honest, I’ve always cringed when someone wanted to take my picture. There are people who love being in front of a camera, I’m not one of them. I tell myself, I’ll get around to updating my photos, but it’s just so hard to find the time.

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Forget about age and this espresso stuff, we need a drink.

Maya Muses:  Two quotes I love about photos and looking at old pictures of oneself:

“When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not.”

― Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

“…They are still the pictures of myself I like best, for they convey that confidence of youth I no longer possess, especially in front of a camera.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth

Photo Credits: Personal Photos

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Favorite Quotes · Is Anyone Listening? · Paris - Paname

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick // Feb 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love these pictures.
    The tree is still there and I always smile when I drive by, but at the time we were kind of mad of the (not very smart) lady who took the pic.

  • 2 Lynn // Feb 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I know, but at least it’s funny now!

  • 3 Kris // Feb 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I had to shake my head, how can people be so clueless? I would’ve been pissed if my last photo was of a tree instead of the Eiffel Tower, but then again it’s not in my back yard.

    Nice pic of you and your niece, you both have the exact same smile.

  • 4 Lynn // Feb 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I know, if the Eiffel Tower or any famous monument is behind someone, I’m definitely not taking a picture of a tree. It’s crazy!

    Very observant, Kris, I didn’t even notice that we had the same smile until you mentioned it.

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