I love my DLSR like a child. I treasure it and in return, it brings me untold joy. But what did we do before phones could take photos?
Both of my children have gone through stages of being camera-averse and thusly, react strongly to the sight of the big Nikon coming at them. A mobile (cell) phone though? Can be quite the sneaky little snapper and I often go into papp mode without my kids objecting. Brilliant.
The other thing about taking photos on the phone is that you can be anywhere, doing anything and grab photographic evidence with ease. A big advantage over the cumbersome, fiddly SLR.
This spontaneous photography allows for some surprises when you look back through the (bazillion) shots you've taken. I am often reminded of moments of which I had forgotten. Moments I am so delighted to discover have been captured.
I recall how small my sons were, how long Luca's hair was, how completely bald Ziggy was. And how they've been beautiful and hilarious all their lives.
And then, there are the moments of which I have no memory. And these moments blow me away.
Every day is so full of moments, I can't hope to recall them all. Neither can I record them all via photo or video.
The best I can do is really live them in that moment so that even though none of us might remember the exact details, each of us will have the sum total of our days together etched somewhere in our hearts. Fuzzy memory, crystal clear feelings. We lived and loved. Oh, yes, we did.
And then, the unexpected joy of shots like the below.
Taken in January 2011, Ziggy was recently one and Luca was three and a half.
Almost exactly a year ago.
I can't believe the way they have grown.
I can't believe Luca has underpants on his head.
I can't believe the bliss on Zig's face.
I can't believe I managed to catch this fabulous moment.
I'd forgotten that they have always been friends.