Mental Snapshots

Mental Snapshot by Luna McCarthy

Do you take “mental snapshots”? I have met people who do this. They pause when they see something memorable and sometimes will even say, “I’m taking a mental snapshot”. Often or first the scene is captured in the mind, but my memory is not good enough to “keep” albums of these mental snapshots and I knew that in my young days. Perhaps that was why I originally picked up a camera…

I have also heard it said that photographers are the ultimate collectors, collecting memories and people and places in their cameras. In a very general sense, why do you think people take photographs?

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  • NYChapin

    I think I do, but more than ” taking the snapshot” the moment grabs me. Your photo reminds me of one such “mental snaphots”. The scene is outside the basilica in Esquipulas. I was 8 or 9 and I’m sitting inside a bus waiting for my mom, who was making a last minute purchase from the street vendors. Perhaps food ?
    I see the famous stairs leading to the church while the driver warms up the engine and I hear the peculiar sound of a camioneta.

  • NYChapin

    I think I do, but more than ” taking the snapshot” the moment grabs me. Your photo reminds me of one such “mental snaphots”. The scene is outside the basilica in Esquipulas. I was 8 or 9 and I’m sitting inside a bus waiting for my mom, who was making a last minute purchase from the street vendors. Perhaps food ?
    I see the famous stairs leading to the church while the driver warms up the engine and I hear the peculiar sound of a camioneta.

  • Eric

         I’m definitely a “mental snapshot” person, Luna. I’ve never understood…I mean, I’ve admired, but never understood…dedicated photographers. Why the compulsion?  I think your work is great, but I have no desire whatsoever to be a shutterbug, myself.  I hear there’s even some guy walking around La Antigua taking candid snapshots of daily life and posting them on the web every day.  Sounds crazy to me, but I admire the work!
         I love and admire the work, but when it comes time to take a photo myself, I get frustrated by the fact that the camera and I see things completely differently. Recently, I had someone take some snapshots of a friend and I, and when we looked at the images, we both agreed that the likenesses were far less than accurate. Camera? Photographer? Who knows?  I think I’ll put ‘Photography’ in the same category as ‘Guitar playing’ and ‘Singing’…I love it when someone ELSE does it, and I’m the happy spectator.