Sara Jamshidi | The Observers

Capturing Moments

Oftentimes we photograph something or someone in order to capture one specific moment. These photographs then become tools that enhance memory of the whole experience—a visual mnemonic device to recollect specific details of an occasion: the environment, conversations, and emotions. 

Although in looking at these photographs we are seeing what the photographer chose to capture, I can’t help but conflate the images with my own memories of the moment.

For instance, while we were both happy at the moment of a goal by a soccer team we each supported, the photographer was probably more excited about capturing nearly all ninety minutes of the match. I also remember a feeling of achievement and satisfaction at the end of a long semester, but also that of a young teacher upon seeing a gift given to her by her students. I recall capturing a selfie-taking couple on Parliament Hill with the London skyline. I unintentionally made eye contact with the woman. When looking at their own photograph, she might remember me as “the girl who was taking a photo of us,” and wondering who I am and why I would be doing it, but most of their memory is probably of their trip to London. 

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