Stronger and Stranger

“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
― Vladimir Nabokov

Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Dallas, Texas

Oblique Strategy – Imagine the piece as a set of disconnected events

I want to take more photos of people… and that is difficult for me. There is a high wooden bench, built into the wall, in the yard at Deep Ellum Brewing company. It is a great place to people-watch or to sit with a longer lens and shoot.

There was a family, with two young sons, out enjoying the beautiful fall Texas early afternoon. The two young boys were not very happy for a while – they looked tired and bored – cranky and on the verge of crying. Kids do that. Kids do that a lot.

I thought about shooting the pouty sad expressions – despite their misery, they were photogenic and the picture would have been funny. But they settled down quickly and this peaceful photo of one with their mother turned out to be the one I liked.

Like a bad memory I deleted the others. I think if we remembered all the tired, grumpy and frustrating times in our lives as clearly as we did the beautiful fall afternoons we wouldn’t be able to get out of bed in the morning.

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3 responses to “Stronger and Stranger

  1. Your last comment is so true. You’ve reminded me of my dear, departed mother’s continued frustration with my inability to hold a grudge. I used to ask her, “But if I hold on to it, what should I do with it?” She’d just give me “that” look, and shake her head.

  2. we tend to remember the good memories and suppress the bad ones… so I’ve read, tho personal experience sometimes proves otherwise… but it is true we cling on to the good ones 🙂 lovely photo and food for thought!

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