My Mum brought round old pictures she found in the attic. Photography and film is vitally important because it is not until you look at a photo or watch a film that you realise how much of your life you had already forgotten while busy living in the present.
Little observations such as an item of furniture in the background of a picture taken at Granny’s house in the early eighties evoke fond memories and emotions. In one picture in the bottom left you can just make out Granny’s coffee table and the items she always had to hand: a wooden back-scratcher (I have never come across one since), a puzzler book, an ashtray full of fag ends and a box of tissues.
My favourite outfits through my childhood, my birthday cakes, duvet covers, friends, theme park rides (one of which still exists and I have a picture of my children riding it) and most memorable of all the picture taken with Minnie Mouse – a memory so strong, the picture helps me to recall the emotion I felt that day, even the smell of the washing powder on my favourite Minnie outfit.
Children now have access to so much media recording their every move. In a way it is refreshing to look back on a time when the quality of the photographs were pot-luck and it took a week to get photos developed and the anticipation of opening up the photo wallet and seeing how good or bad the images were.
The mind and memory alone cannot be relied upon to retain moments of the past, photographs act as flashcards, look at a picture and the brain will do the rest.
Memory lane is worth a visit regardless of the journey experienced.
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