I have only just a Minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me
to use it.
I must suffer if I loose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
but eternety is in it.
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
This is also the essence and importance in photograpy although a picture may be a matter of seconds that will create a memory for generations. But if the moment was wasted, something failed so you could not record it the moment will be gone forever.
This is when the equipment do matter because the history of today will be the foundation of tomorrows achievements. Looking at my two kids playing there is no doubt in my mind that todays fun will often be forgotten tomorrow if nothing is recorded, and there are huge differences in my generation and my kids.
The speed of inventions and transformation of things and ideas are one of the most interesting areas that we need to be aware of. Looking at the pictures of my granddad there is no doubt that he was a farmer because he was always on a tractor or doing something related to the farm. If a picture was taken in 1950 or 1975 the biggest change would be the age difference to the person, and retrospect the chance of documenting his life could be done over decades.
Todays generation will most likely not experience this to the same extent and it makes it very important for moms, dads and friends to record the moment. At one moment the person next to you could be a engineer close to home, a few years later doing the same in China and then a few years later changed path and have a education and work related to something completely different. It is the nature of the lifestyle we are experiencing and it is vitally important for the future that the changes is recorded, stored and can be viewed for the coming historians.
And all you have to do is walk around and take a few pictures every year and store them safely and accessible for those who will need it. And please do so, my dads dad was walking around with a small innocent camera all the time and no one was really paying attention to it. However now when generations are passing away and new ones are growing up this small camera did more for the family than any bank account. And it will always be like this, and it do not have to be the most professional picture. Just one that shows what life was about an important minute in your life, one minute that you did not waste.
Happy photography!! Get out there and make the next generation smile when looking at how Your life was on this day in history.