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THE STILL IMAGE: MAKING THE MOMENT STILL


Why a Still Image? A still image holds a moment in perpetuity, prevents it from slipping away to nothing. This gives a viewer the chance to spend time in that single moment. With reflecting on what the image suggests for us, we might find a bit of beauty that touches us within. Through the image we might recall some hope for our life, long ignored. We might be reminded of a life we had wanted to live, not yet lived. An image held in suspension of time gives us the chance to stop and observe where we are, stop the headlong rush forward. Such an image, should we be so lucky to find it, helps us see what is not easily seen. It may even take our breath away. We may even fall in love with the image. As the poet Robert Bly says, we can build a whole life around one small bit of love. Find that one thing you love, he says; dismiss all else and nurture the love you know to be you. There are now billions of pictures in the world, millions and millions of new ones uploaded every day, and they seem to mean little to us; in fact so many make it hard to value even one photo. But if the world would grant us such a gift of one image we care for, the stillness of that moment can awaken us from our sleep.

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