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what IS important?
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thanks to kishenehn for this pic.

as the hours went by after viewing this cartoon it occurred to me what bugged me about it?
for sure, i miss the "old days" there are things about then that cannot be touched for it's awesomeness.
i love film. i love am radio. i love vinyl. i love polaroids.

my brain is fuzzy today so i hope i can be coherent here.

what IS important?
as i go through the old anacam archives of the most mundane everyday stuff. i don't just have 83 pix of what i was eating. i have literally thousands. THOUSANDS.
but that is what i was trying to say, in part, which anacam, is that there is beauty in the ORDINARY.
there is beauty in "chop wood carry water"
life is not just a "moment" you cannot sum it up in a moment.
it's the whole long mundane shebang.
if all we did is look back and see what facebook would call "life events" then is that really what our lives are about?
it that the sum?

i give the argument here that perhaps the food that you eat says more about you than your graduation day.
and, ultimately, has had a greater effect on you than "that special day" when we are all told to take photos to commemorate the "special moment"

the time when you dress up. smile.
does that really sum you up?

if you could SEE each moment of your life. most of these moments are eating and sleeping.

and eating and sleeping i am a great advocate of.

what you eat determines EVERYTHING about how your life will go. and how much sleep you get determines that to.

i didn't graduate from high school (i quit 2 months before due to terrible bullying, and me in my 1984 punk rock state was like "fuck you all i'm gonna be a rock star")

so i don't have these moments. i didn't go to the prom.

i have moments like when i got signed to a major label for the 1st time. and for sure, those are real stand outs in my memory to me.

but what i ate today (my children's left over spaghettios, 1/4th of a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, 2 cups of coffee) has more impact on me right NOW.

and all we have is now.
"god" IS in your television, in your bubblebath, in your microwave dinner.
chop wood carry water.
honour the mundane moments in your life because this is where the grunt of the "magic" happens.
right here. right now.

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This sounds very Buddhist to me.

And I recommend peanut butter and banana sandwiches. :) Although your daughters might still prefer jelly.

when i was a kid, i was all about peanut butter and raisins.

My sister used to eat "ants on a log": celery with peanut butter and raisins.

This is fantastic--I completely agree about the beauty of the ordinary and how seldom we actually LOOK AT our lives from moment to moment.

ANA ...

One of my "bittersweet" interfaces with technology is on the photography front.

"Back in the day" I was a rather enthusiastic amateur photographer ... and did a lot of traveling in my 20's. If I had a digital camera back then, it would have been a great boon. I used to have to save up for film before a trip and then dribble the exposed film out to Walgreens for development over months as coupons came up.

On my trips I'd "budget" four rolls of film in the morning and four rolls of film in the afternoon ... usually 24 exposure, so not quite getting 200 shots a day. Needless to say, had digital been available, I'd have been able to shoot a couple of thousand pics a day.

I say that with a bit of a caveat, though ... I've never been able to afford a "pro"-level digital camera, and I've never been particularly happy with the results I've gotten with the digital cameras I've had. I don't think I've ever taken an inside-at-night picture with a digital that looked even half decent ... either blurry without flash or totally washed out with flash ... HATE that. I progressively took fewer and fewer pictures ... a handful at birthdays and other celebrations, but I really believe that I take FEWER pictures these days than when I was shooting film with my SLR (of course, I'm not really counting the FourSquare and Instagram uploads from my phone).

Given that I "can't trust" the images that I get from any of my cameras, I've lost a lot of enthusiasm for taking pictures. A prime example of this was today, when I was getting Daughter #1 down to I.I.T. and back for her SAT tests. I took a pic to log into FourSquare that looked fine but then I wanted to get a shot of the IIT stop on the Green Line (a very cool architectural statement on a campus that was heavily influenced by Mies van der Rohe), and that shot (outside, full light) looks like crap!

Anyway, while I wish I'd not had the expense and constraints of film when I was traveling, at least most of my shots with my SLR were good ... maybe some day I'll be able to afford an equivalent digital camera, but until then I never know what the image is going to look like (stuff looks just fine on the camera screen that later is totally useless), and it sometimes just doesn't feel worth the effort.

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P.S. ... I have a Pinterest board that's pretty much dedicated to food shots!

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Edited at 2013-01-27 05:09 am (UTC)

hmmm. let me think about that and see if i can work out a solution for you.

You're right. To me there is the root of the dissillusion so many people experience when they "grow older" a.k.a. turn 30, an O.M.G. their youth is over. Having done almost everything they're going to do in their lives at least once, like pulling an all-nighte, watching a sunnrise, having sex, kissing,... you name it, they think there is nothing new, the "magic" is gone, they have to be "grown-up" and sober. That's just lazy. Sure, the firt time you encounter things they enchant you by themselves, by being new and unknown. But just as love is not the gratuitous, given magical "being in love" of the beginning of a relationship, but something you make and put effort in, the "magic" is something you have to actively seek to see. and if you do so, it's everywhere, just e.g. like the fascinating fact that I'm sitting in my warm study, here in southern germany, looking out "on a freshly fallen shroud of snow", writing this, knowing you can read it immediately (if you weren't probably asleep), being 8000 miles away. That's magical. :-)

You know ... I have very mixed feelings about all of that. I really miss the days when a photograph had a special "presence" just because it existed -- when photos were more complicated and expensive to take, and were thus usually reserved for moments that people particularly valued. And some of those photographs will still be around conveying their message long after the hard disks of the world have ground to a halt.

But ... who's to say that the moments that photographers used to value are really the ones that should be valued?? Back in the days before everyone had a digital camera, we weren't able to make that choice ... but now we are. We can constantly choose and reinvent our own perspective, our own significance ... and that's very cool.

i was thinking the other day how i should really be taking more pictures of everything in my life. i wish i had pictures of a certain strip mall i've always gone to the way it looked when i was a child. i wish i had pictures of certain roads before they were changed and made to go different directions. the only way i would is if i took pictures of all the mundane things that i don't really care about right now, but may in the future.

:) i'm glad you're posting again.

Yes. Very Proustian. Have I ranted to you yet about how AMAZING Proust is?

no, i have to go look up proust now!
of course i have heard of him but never read.

It took me a year and half to read all seven volumes. It's not for everyone as the attention to detail is extreme and the plot is beyond slow. In the beginning of the the book I seem to remember it taking 30 pages to describe going upstairs to bed. A good deal of time is spent on sleep and diet. The whole thing is so beautiful, I just want to re-read it over and over again but don't want to commit another year and a half of reading time.

excellent, excellent points here. I totally agree

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