Thursday, November 29, 2012

Recalibarate Your Visual Self

Marla
An article by Gretchen Rubin, “One Thing I wish I Could Tell My Younger Self”, really hit home. She writes about one of her “poignant Secrets of Adulthood: Never forget how easy it is to forget. You think you won’t forget, but you will!” Capture both the mundane and the profound events of your life.  How about making a photo diary of the little things like your school, your desk, where you once lived as a child? “Instead of taking pictures of unusual sights, take pictures of the most usual sights.” I took a journey in my visual archive to share images with you I love like celebrating my engagement to Marla at the University of the Pacific.

dick on table
I am so happy someone took this shot of me on the table with my parents at a restaurant.

I never want to forget a child’s sense of adventure and achievement.

playtime
Remembering new adventures.

Life just seems to flow by in fast forward, especially as we age. I often need to slow down and  savor the moment like remembering my grandson diving.

marla
Wesco Fabrics’ memories.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could save the sights, sounds, and smells of the places we love? I can smell the bacon sizzling as my mom cooks pancakes. I never want to forget what this is like!

diving
Without the visual image, something will be lost when revisiting the memory of a past journey. The image of a rice field in the Balinese highlands shows just how impossibly green it is! I can almost feel the color intensity!

A lotus leaf with drops of rain reminds me of nature’s beautiful microcosm.

mother
Burma is endowed with amazing temples, but this monk collecting morning alms shows the real sense of place as opposed to glistening edifices.

How big is your visual memory card?

Images: Dick Gentry

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