Polaroid - An all Encompassing Moment In my Hand
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Thinning out files of lawyers and businesspeople is onerous but not heart wrenching. Sifting
through many hundreds of family pictures is heart wrenching. And it cannot be a
quick deal as I must stop and show Rosemary, “Look at this picture of Hilary.
Do you remember?”
Today I found and made a pile of about 32 Polaroids. Our
daughters are pre-teenagers. The camera in question was a Polaroid SX-70. It
compensated for so-so photographs by the virtue that they were instantaneous. In
Spanish a snap is called an instantánea. I wrote about the history of Polaroid here
With further thought today it occurred to me that a Polaroid
is an example of an all-encompassing object that is a memory and I can hold in
my hand. There is no negative in the files or a picture in the back display of
my Fuji X-E3. The Polaroid is that moment in the past somehow becoming an
instant as I retrieve the place and the time.
It is magic.
Rosemary, Hilary Anne & Alexandra, bottom left
|At the Space Needle|
|With Silas Huckleback in North Vancouver|
|My movie star Rosemary|
|Hilary in Burnaby|
|Rebecca Anne - Hilary's daughter|