Wednesday, March 11, 2015

when your memory card is full

At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.
- Toni Morrison, quoted in O magazine

There are 16 stories in my computer waiting to be posted, but I had to hit the pause button yesterday. I've been taking a photography class with high hopes to provide you with better quality imagery and yesterday I simply reached my fill. Do you ever feel like your mind's memory card is filled to capacity with every possible image you could ever hope to see? 

Coupled with this overwhelming feeling of overstimulated fatigue, I spied a crisp, clear picture on social media posted by a photographer with many thousands of followers. It depicted a local home with a bright and cheerful red door; complete with the owners house number and a pinpointed location tag. The home is on one of my favorite running routes - I know it well and vaguely know the owner. It felt like a huge violation to know this photo was made public. However quaint and iconic, would you want your private home made public by a complete camera-happy stranger? 

And then this on the car radio...

"The Smithsonian and The Palace of Versailles have officially banned selfie sticks due to fear of damage of important works of art." - BBC America

Have we seen enough flowers, sunsets, doors, fashion photos of people's feet, and perfectly posed cups of coffee to last a lifetime? It gives me pause to reflect. And then, sitting here at my computer with my camera at hand, I saw this, just for a fleeting moment, and punched reload on my memory card...


  1. So beautifully said Leigh! I completely understand and can concur. And I love the beginning's perfect description for that mood.

  2. I know we share this view (and both love nature)- tks for commenting girl! Xo