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Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by

This is day three of the 20 Days of Chill Writing challenge.  Today we have been asked to use the topic, “Photograph.”

I have always been drawn to the power of a photograph.  With only the push of a button, a moment is captured that can last beyond a lifetime.

There are pictures I have that move me every time I glance at them.  The photo taken of my father and me on my wedding day.  Me smiling and him in his Navy Uniform, tears welling in his eyes.

I have pictures of my great grandparents, long gone family members and even their pets that fascinate me as I sort through them all.  What were they doing?  How did they feel?  Were they together like this often?

old nuns

And then there is the photo that was taken of my oldest as he lay in the hospital last December, teetering between the gray line of life and death.  I didn’t take it but I have it and cannot look at it.  Twice I have squinted and glanced, only to feel such a rush of anguish that I close it before the  damage settles in more.

anomalous right coronary artery

Laughter.  Smiles.  Bittersweet tears.

A simple, worn piece of paper.  A file opened on a desktop screen.  Or a Polaroid being shaken as a new picture appears.  In all its many forms, the photograph is indeed a very powerful thing.

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  • Ron

    Katherine, I LOVE this post!

    “A simple, worn piece of paper. A file opened on a desktop screen. Or a Polaroid being shaken as a new picture appears. In all its many forms, the photograph is indeed a very powerful thing.”

    You expressed that so beautifully! And you’re so right…”a moment is captured that can last beyond a lifetime.”

    Great photograph of you and your son!

    • Ron, that was taken one year to the day of his cardiac arrest. I took the day off and my Mom and I took him to lunch and spent the day together. We tried to take a sad and scary horrible day and turn it in to a celebration of life. We called it his “Cardiac-Arrest-Aversary” and turned the mood from somber to thankfulness. 🙂 And we ate sandwiches and cheesecake from a restaurant here that gets its food from the Carnegie Deli! Salt and Fat… maybe not the BEST healthy choice, but it was GOOOOOD!

  • Photographs are snapshots of our lives. They are constantly changing. Some drop out of the pictures and there are new people that take their place. It is the circle of life.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  • I have always said photographs will stand the test of time. The still
    images captures something videos can’t. They can capture your emotion
    quickly. A great photo is something you can stare at for hours and
    hours. This is a great post. Nicely done!

  • Paul

    I think that’s why I enjoy photography as much as I do. It’s an instant in time. I have a photograph of my mother playing with my niece in a swimming pool. As I look at the photo, I realize that I am now older than my mom was when the photograph was taken. So much has happened, yet you wonder what was going through their minds at the time the shot was taken.

    • That is wonderful – especially realizing your age now vs hers then. Photos bring out a lot from your imagination too. 🙂

  • lissa

    yes, a photograph says a lot when you think about it and I especially like the ones that are accidently taken or captured, some moments you just want to keep in a photograph.

    have a lovely day.

  • Photographs are reminders of those precious moments captured in an instant. They allow us to relive those moments, feel what we felt then. I love to look at pictures of people and places from way before I was born. What did my town look like 100 years ago. Things that would be lost to time and progress without pictures. Yes, they are powerful, indeed.

    • I am INTRIGUED by old photos. I have even purchased old photo albums of strangers… they are fascinating!

  • I agree with you that photos can illicit such powerful feelings tied to both good and bad memories.

    That is a wonderful picture of the two of you. You have such a beautiful family.

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