Forever In My Heart

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

Aaron Siskind

I took this photo six years ago.

It remains one of my favourites. With it lies the memory of a beautiful evening out with my loved one. I distinctly remember wondering on our way out, if it was going to rain. We’d made plans to watch an outdoor theater performance. My nephew and his friends were in it.

The air felt heavy. The sky was dark carrying the menace of heavy downpour, the ones Summer manages to pull out from time to time. About to sit down, high in the bleachers, on the cushion I’d brought following my sister’s advice I turn to see the surroundings and there it was. The light, the sky, the waters, the trees everything called me out.

When I stood up to take the photo, I remember somebody telling me “the play’s about to start”. It didn’t matter. I had to capture the shot. Back in those days, you could not see me out without my camera. It was an extension of me, in permanence hanging around the neck.

I took this photo six years ago.

Looking at it today, a flood of forgotten memories flashed back. It was the trip I took back home after dad died. It was the first time I’d been back to my childhood home without my parents in it. It was a time filled with loud emotions, twirling with pain, and heavy with grief. Looking at it today, I remember all the little things. I also remember the peace my soul felt when I took it.

I took this photo six years ago.

Until today I only had remembered the peace. Now I remember everything

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