A few days ago I was laying in my bed scrolling through Twitter, trying to delay the inevitable of going to sleep to wake up at the butt crack of dawn for work the next day, when I came across a quote that struck me in a way I don't think any other quote has before.
"If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph." Wow. I literally froze for a minute and thought about my own personal gallery. I quickly realized that my personal gallery is full of artsy photos that I wouldn't really fear losing. Yes, I love grapes, Coco-Cola, sports, and bridges as much as the next person, and I don't want to lose them, I don't really fear losing them because I would be okay without them. I really started to question this quote. Was it really as profound as I originally thought? I decided to open up the camera roll on my cell phone and was shocked.
My camera roll was full of things I truly feared losing. As i scrolled down I saw photos of my loved ones, my teammates, and snapshots of various events that I didn't have my DSLR at. I had a major realization at that moment. I feared losing my memories. I feared forgetting the good times. The way I felt after I finished my very last High School Cross Country race. My High School Graduation. My Senior Disneyland trip. Cherry picking. The many hikes. The movies. Prom. The laughs. That laugh. That smile... My pictures hanging in my first ever gallery. Cross Country Slurpee runs. Pizza in the yearbook room for lunch. The jokes we tell after practice. All of the little novelty gag gifts in the tourist shops from vacation. The moments where I'm photographing some of the most beautiful places and things on earth. Every little moment that I, for some odd reason, felt compelled to document on my cell phone. I fear losing all of them, and everyone in those moments. My memories came flooding back into my mind as I scrolled through my camera roll, one photograph at a time. Every single moment that I feared losing.
I challenge you to look through your camera roll. Think about what you fear losing. Save those photos. If you don't take a lot of photos, do it. Buy a camera if you don't have one or if your cell phone doesn't take decent pictures. Carry it with you. Capture what you fear to lose.