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What Happened to the Photo?

I always find it interesting how people post photos from times gone past on places like Instagram, Facebook, and the like. I mean, you get to see a moment captured in time that is no more. That’s great! In fact, I love photographs. I always have.

I always had an eye or at least the mind to take photographs. I got my first Kinda Good 35mm camera when I was in junior high school.

Though initially, as we are all inadvertently trained, taking photographs was all about the snapshot. Capturing one of those stupid Fake Smile moments when a couple of people or a family has come together. But, I quickly moved away from that. I wanted to grab the more abstract.

The thing was, and particularly based upon the lifestyle I was living: that of the Non-Attached, Everything is Perfect, Live Only in the Moment kind of stuff, I rarely had my camera with me so a lot of moments were lost. It is not like it is today, with a great camera on your phone that takes better pictures than most 35mm cameras did back in the day. Now, everybody photographs everything. And, this is not a bad thing.

When Eddy Van Halen past away recently, I saw a photo post from Nuno Bettencourt where he said, in essence, this was the only photo he had of Eddy and himself as everybody was far more into living in the moment back then and didn’t really think about taking photos all the time as is the case today. That is so true. We/I lived in the moment. I did what I did. We did what we did. But, so much of it was not captured on film.

I follow the Swami Satchidananda account on Instagram. I mean, he was one of my teachers. They post historic photos of him most every day. In one, I even saw myself. That was cool. The thing is, I was around him a lot. I spend time at his home in Montecito, I did the sound for his lectures, I would go to the very small private Satsangs on Saturday night at the Santa Barbara ashram. I did all of this without taking my camera. I never took a Selfie with him. We just didn’t/couldn’t really do that kind of stuff back then. So, all of those moments are lost to the photo viewing world; left only to my mind, as is the case with so many others of you, and your life experiences.

As mentioned, the people that are running the Swami Satchidananda account on Instgram post a photo most everyday. But, I think to how many other photos there must be of the man out there and the people that surrounded him. I remember there was this one professional photographer who used to take pictures of him and the people at the L.A. Integral Yoga Institute all the time. Good guy. I really liked him. Whatever happened to him, I have no idea. But, if he is still alive, and he kept all the negatives, he has a lot of photos of Gurudev and his peeps.

But again, as they are not out there; they are lost to the winds of time. They are not out there for those of us who remember those photographed moments to reminisce over.

So, where does this leave us? Does a photograph make that remembered moment any more real? Yeah, kinda. It, at least, documented and recorded that moment of time for others to see and maybe (perhaps) come to understand. But, photographed or not, a moment lived is a moment lived. At least we have that image in our mind. At least we have it there until we are no more. Then, I guess, the all and the everything of the unphotographed becomes lost to the hands of time.