The camera trap

Why do we take so many photographs on a trip?

One reason is because a photogenic moment is an interesting contrast in the backdrop of our everyday lives. A photograph promises to be a little bottle, which traps the joy that an extraordinary experience gives us so that we can relive it again and again.

Yet, most photographs doesn’t measure up to that lofty expectation since most photos are never beheld once you have taken them. Even the handful that we fondly return to, we do at an expense. The moment you look at a photograph, you depart from the present moment to seek a better alternative. The more photographs of the past a person stares into, the more they underline that their present lives have turned tasteless.

We use photographs to capture memories, but do those memories capture us instead?

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