Worth Remembering

Photographs and Their Worth

Sometimes it’s worth revisiting the idea that work, creative work, has worth. With that in mind, here’s a post I wrote three years ago, almost to the day.

Christmas Deco 2018. Candles. Sigma 105mm Test Shoot. Photos by Alina Oswald.

Photographs and Their Worth

If you don’t think photos are important, just wait until they’re all you have left to remind you of a loved one. I’ve heard something along those lines over the years and these days I know it’s true…not that I’ve ever questioned it. Truth is that [in particular very recently] I’ve had to deal with the suffering and loss, and the mourning of loved ones. And while I understand that, as they say, “this is life,” dealing with the loss and pain and mourning is not easy…to say the least. And so I find myself reaching out for old photo albums, leafing through all those images, in a subconscious attempt to find some kind of peace, remembrance, maybe an escape into a journey back in time, to happier days.

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In some countries, there is a local custom for people to visit three monasteries and light, at each monastery, two candles–one candle for the “Alive” (people they know and who are still alive) and for the “Dead” (people they used to know, who are now dead).

PS: They say time is a great healer. Maybe that’s true. Very slowly and painfully, time seems to attempt to numb the pain, but it never takes it away. Yet, the memories of a loved one remain, oftentimes captured in photographs and other scraps of creative work that’s worth holding on to.

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