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Memory Obscured by a Flash of Light

Flash Bulb

Photography is about capturing light and its reflections. The digital camera, because of its ease of use, has become a repository for our memories. Because most users of digital cameras simply point and shoot, never changing the defaults, they deface their memories at the moment of capture. The subtle play of light across a scene is obliterated by a blinding flash. All light, all reflection is mechanically equalized. Our shadows are banished. When we view the past through the proxy of digital imagery, the scene, the real moment as it entered our eyes, is flooded with illumination– and then, we blink, spots dancing in front of our eyes, the world around us slowly returns to its normal shadowy state. It’s that microsecond, the one that didn’t exist, that is captured for eternity.

Published in culture digital zettel