Look at Me
(Image from Look At Me Created and Maintained by Frederic Bonn)
In a departure from form I am going to recommend a web site. The above photo is from Look at Me, a collection of found photos. I love photography, and I especially love looking at old photos. Photography to me is almost magic, an instant of time is captured forever. Since 1826 humans have been able to put time in a bottle and preserve it for future generations to ponder. Look at Me is a collection of old photos that people have found. Photos that were lost, thrown away, mislaid, whatever.
Who is the fine gentleman above? What was his story? Where is this cemetery? The old car is a clue, this must be a photo from the fifties or earlier. This fine gentleman is more than likely in a grave of his own now. Yet his moment in the sun lives on forever. That was a real day, real grass, real sunlight…an aspect of it captured forever and relived decades later by any number of people.
So long as people can see this image, in some small way does not a part of him live on? Our gentleman in some fashion has already achieved more immortality than most of the humans who’ve ever lived. Such is the alchemy of our time. And we don’t even know his name.
(The above photo is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is a Creative Commons image and is being used accordingly in this post.)