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Existential Friday: Fading with Time

Fading with Time


This is the way in which memory-reality is  constructed in the photograph –

Held in place,

Framed by context, colour, lighting & texture.

Watch it slip away

as time corrodes the edges,

Fades out events, environment & identity ……..

Leaving only the emotional core. 

Snap the shot.

Develop a memory of what once was real.


Fading with Time 2

An experiment in photo manipulation and  memory reconstruction.   Take a now old family photo and re-photograph as a close-up –  “Does photographing a photograph of Oneself constitute a Selfie ? “. Capture the surface texture and the time altered colours of the printed photo in the digital memory of a camera from this century and transfer it to the computer. The process of recall begins,…..


Father & and daughter are both much older now.  The child has aged, but with  Special  Qualities her love of dolls & their alternative reality has not abated.  That reality has now expanded as she uses a digital device to capture & communicate the reality she perceives and inhabits. Not really that different from the world the father dwells in when blogging. The father’s hair is no longer dark in real life, it now goes silvery as aged photo paper.

See the corners and edges fade –

fencing  has changed,

we frame our lives differently now, ……

those tree trucks to the left,

they came down with the pine branches

Long ago,

like that birch,

whose branches  photo-bombs

the upper right corner,

the birch grew sickly  & departed,

as did those dwelling there,

the corner house,

just over the right shoulder,

how that “old man” loved to decorate that house

Long ago, …….


…… watch the congealed moment reveal

Time Passing.


7 responses

  1. Fascinating work

    September 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much Derrick. 🙂

      September 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  2. A lovely gentle post, Joseph.

    September 28, 2015 at 4:32 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks Ashley. 🙂

      September 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

  3. ~meredith

    so touching… our impressions hatched and scored in the skein of time.

    September 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks. Photography captures the moment and marks the passage of time. It reminds us of what once was and what has changed – it cuts both ways.

      September 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

      • ~meredith

        yes, it does. it’s like drawings meticulously cross-hatched to define depth and insight even as the hand smudges and softens while continuing to score this symphony we know as “life.”

        best wishes from hatted lady, hands now spotted with age. 🙂

        September 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

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