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There have been times when I've avoided taking pictures at important events, for wanting to just BE there instead. What's more important, to have a souvenir later, or to be fully present in that moment?
Maybe this will seem extremely odd for me not to have had a camera, but one of those moments was the birth of my children (who are now about five weeks old). At the time it just didn't occur to me to have a camera. Looking back, I'm glad I wasn't fiddling with a gadget - I can remember it better in my head right now, than if I had a device as intermediary for memory. I feel, even if I can't perfectly remember it later, I was there, in that moment, experiencing it directly, with my family. That's better than having an artificial copy through a tiny rectangular window, and needing that as a surrogate to experience the moment