Photography Is My Time Machine: Why I Never Leave Home Without My Camera by Courtney Battista Bish

8 months ago
Photography Is My Time Machine: Why I Never Leave Home Without My Camera

Want to see my time machine? Photographs have the unique gift of taking us back in time, of capturing a moment as it was and as we were. Memory is a fickle thing, it's subject to time and perception and our complicated brains. Photographs are just that – snapshots of a world frozen in place. 

I am the friend you regret bringing with you on a hike, while I lag behind to take photos of flowers. The friend who says, "Let's take one more selfie." I take photos of dilapidated barns and glowing sunsets. I take candid photos and posed photos, photos of my family, photos of my life. And I don't regret one minute of it.

When I look back at those photos, some taken with my gorgeous DSLR and others taken quickly with my cellphone (or better yet, my trusty Fisher Price Kodak camera with the flashbulb strip!), I remember the moments as they were. They evoke things I'd forgotten, like the feeling of those electric pink windbreaker pants or the smell of Grandma's kitchen. My memories are contained in time, just as they were, even as everything around me changes. They remain ever the same.

I won't ever regret being that friend who says, "Just one more photo."

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Donna John
I am the same way, Courtney Battista Bish . I take pictures of anything and everything. I have shelves in my bedroom where I've enlarged and framed my favorites. You keep on taking those photos!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
YES! Exactly how I feel. Thank you for reinforcing the idea that it's OK to snap just one more photo. So glad to know I'm not alone, Courtney Battista Bish ! Love this post, thank you.
Renee Herren
This is me! If there isn’t a pic- it didn’t happen! I love having photos to look back at and reminisce!
Jessica Acree
LOVE THIS.... this is totally me, I can instantly be taken back to a moment lost in time and it's why I do it :) You're in my head girl... it's awesome. Loving your tips :)

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