“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reflecting on photos

I just read this interesting NYT article about a woman who only had postcards of her early travels because she didn't have a camera and how much she regretted not having personal memories instead of the picture perfect mementos from a shop.

During my recent trip to Cuba (10 days) I took around 1500 photos -- or at least 100 a day. I know that many, ahem, most are not picture perfect framed images that I would hang on the wall, but to me they are memories of being in that place at that time and to look at them, especially in order, I am brought back to what I was thinking and feeling at the time --- visual memory.

After seeing a friend's fantastic little Rwanda/Uganda/Tanzania video of little excerpts of seeing the gorillas, riding on a boat, watching an elephant, etc, I decided to do a bit of pocket filming too -- little clips of a 10 seconds each to capture the moment in movement. I'll let you know how that turns out!