Saturday, April 2, 2011

160/1SS - getting the picture


click wrr

capture a moment
but don't miss it

click wrr

what good are
memories never experienced

click wrr

color fades in photos neglected
don't let me

click wrr

What can you say in 160 characters? Say it, then tell Monkey.

The picture is by India Hobson, who is featured today as part of One Shoot Sunday at One Stop Poetry.

93 comments:

ayala said...

Cool....capturing the moments..... :-) happy Sunday !

Pheromone Girl said...

There is so much Passion in photos. I love the sound of film advancing, miss that in our digital world.

dustus said...

Digging the challenge-160s. Not an easy format. Nicely done! Happy Sunday to you.

Ocean Girl said...

I am more impressed with you by the moment. Just to name a post alphabetically is a real challenge to me and you pump out beautiful, meaningful words by the specified precision!

This is so true, but in a way I regret that I did not capture moments that I really missed now, memories so beautiful, gone without pictures and I am scared they are slowly disappearing on me.

Anthony Desmond said...

160, huh?? I can dig man... hardest thing is capturing beauty in few words.. nice!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful! Although I do love taking photos...

haikulovesongs said...

love the "click wrr" but especially ~
"capture a moment
but don't miss it"

so true! how often are we not present in the moment?

{i forgive you for your April Fool's joke. sorry i haven't been commenting lately ~ laptop problems are barely letting me post to my blog.} dani

Joybird said...

Totally relate to this. In fact I wrote a paper in college about my grandfather's long awaited trip to France and his mother's home. It was all about the emotional protection and mediation of experience through a camera lens. Way longer than 160 words though, so you win! Plus I didn't get to say click wrr. Not even once.

Zuzana said...

That image is stunning, there is something infinitely ethereal about that capture...
And your words complete this to be poetry in words and image.
Have a lovely Sunday dear Brian;)
xoxo

adeeyoyo said...

Lovely! Photo's allow one to relive feelings experienced over and over. Well expressed in your own imitable style, Brian!

G-Man said...

Well then....
Say Cheese!!

Alegria Imperial said...

In three short but succinct lines, your plea is art! '...don't let me' fade...please! Wonderful take, Brian!

Valerie said...

It's the delete button that worries me...

Loved this further example of your terrific insight into ordinary things.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

click and appreciate after, no point in forgetting captured memory, I like the message here

Brendan said...

Great physicality and presence in the sound of the camera, nailing the moment, the lament, even as it fades, even as photos are a poor replacement for experience (ever see someone fiddle so much with their camera that they miss the parade?). Yet both memory and photos fade, as their cultures, too. Digital image have so replaced the tactile presence of a box of pics, each a tiny placard of memory ... Great poem. --Brendan

Jinksy said...

You caught this frame exactly!

5thsister said...

Well said...Live life fully instead of behind the lens. Love the lesson to be learned here.

Just Be Real said...

A Kodak memory. Blessings to you Brian.

the walking man said...

Technically you can forget a memory but I doubt you can not experience one---eh?

repressedsoul said...

Click! You managed to say so much in 160 Brian, may try this next week, nanopomo might get the better of me yet!

Tabor said...

Since photography speaks to my heart...this also speaks to me.

LadyCat said...

I know people who are so concerned with getting the photo to capture the meomory, that they take away the fun of the moment. Big pet peeve of mine. It goes like this..."Stay there for just one more, somebody moved/close eyes". : )

Olivia said...

well said!!
Thoughtful in short simple words- Wishing ou a nice Sunday.. :)

Hugs x

McGillicutty said...

first, India is very beautiful, second, I love the name India, finally and most importantly I love this poem!!! Thanks.. may have to check out One Stop... :)

Mama Zen said...

Well done!

Sue said...

Once again you have risen to the challenge...

(It looks effortless.)

=)

Daniel said...

Cool vibe to this one. The pauses for the sound effects allow for a nice pacing. Don't let me fade away.

Celestial Dreamz said...

Loved your take on the prompt. and liked that repetitive click wrr ... :)

trisha said...

beautiful truths said in a very casual way. :)

The Retired One said...

LOVE the image, and the words...perfect!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Cool response to the photo.
I especially liked the use of repetition... the incessant sound of the camera trying to capture life as it slips away.

JL Dodge said...

Ckick wrr....
very nice !!!
JL&B

Friko said...

your advice is good; would it be ok if I remind you and me to grab not only a picture of the moment, but the moment itself?

Everyday Goddess said...

snapshots of life, and life keeps flowing. nice 160

sonny said...

i dont miss the moment for myself ever...but i AM guilty of missing it as a shared one with others...its a downside of being a loner and one in love with her camera...

sorry....been out...but back now..and determined to stay up past midnight this tuesday night to post before you on wednesday...grins

The Empress said...

THIS MADE ME LAUGH.

I was FURIOUS with my husband when our first child was in the middle of being born and he had that dang (sorry to go all street on you...) camera going.

STOP IT! and be in the moment. If I could've gotten off the table and thrown that camera out the window, I would've.

It's been a sore spot ever since. I don't know why everything needs to be documented.

I don't care. It tell my kids, my camera is in my head. I see everyting there.

The Empress said...

I love what Pheromone Girl said, I miss that, too.

wurdz said...

wow...read this after writing my piece.what's the phrase,"great minds"?love the camera sounds bringing us back to reality between fantasy takes.nice!

hedgewitch said...

Before there were cameras, there were words, paint, clay, to catch a moment, and who's to say which medium is most effective. I like the last lines, where it seems reality may be slipping away, however fast you click the shutter.

Monkey Man said...

As I stood on my front porch taking the photo for my Sunday 160, I missed that effort and sound of advancing film. Well done, my friend, and thanks for playing.

Bossy Betty said...

Love it! Grabbing my camera now....

Heather said...

i love the line color fades in photos neglected, don't let me...i am sure to take lots of photos on my trip...but don't want to miss a moment of it! enjoy your sunday, xo

Helen said...

Deep, witty, wise ~ so you!

Raven said...

Nice. Love the sound effect, it really adds to the poem.

Tara Miller said...

I just love looking at pictures and the memories they bring back. So true of your write "what good are memories never experienced". So important to be a part of those shared moments. I really enjoyed this, love!

James Rainsford said...

Brilliantly brings the camera into full focus in this well observed take on the image. I enjoyed this. Very clever.

rosaria said...

A great lesson here:
note the moment, but don't miss it!

Neva Flores said...

savoring the captured moments, excellent!

happygirl said...

I WANT to be a picture taker. I NEED to learn to photograph. I wonder if one can "develop" an eye for photography. click wrr How did you make me long for that in 160 characters?

nance marie said...

click wrr beep beep click beep wrrrrr.

okoatokewa - the poet said...

A unique take of the picture, it shows brilliance and mastery uses of few words from a completely different angle to explain the picture, nice one.

signed...bkm said...

great for this photo...the clicking sounds of the moment...memories captured and memories missed....wonderful...bkm

Margaret said...

Life goes by quickly! Enjoy the moment! I think sometimes the photographer is so busy capturing the moment, they forget to be IN the experience! :)

Pauline said...

that little plea - don't let me - makes the poem!

Alice Audrey said...

But is not the moment spent taking pictures still a moment experienced?

joanny said...

CARPE DIEM - Lovely and wise thoughts Brian, Have a wonderful Sunday seizing the day full of promise, adventure, creativity & of course love.

joanny

Syd said...

I capture as many priceless moments as I can.

Jerry said...

That is an excellent question..."what good are memories never experienced?" Brian,good,Brian.

Magpie said...

So true. Often, the one taking the picture misses the moment. :)

Ami Mattison said...

So true, Brian! What good are photos if you forget to experience the moment they were taken. And the sound effect is perfect! You're really rockin' these 160s!

Ami Mattison said...

So true, Brian! What good are photos if you forget to experience the moment they were taken. And the sound effect is perfect! You're really rockin' these 160s!

Patricia Caspers said...

"color fades in photos neglected
don't let me"-- great lines!

I struggle with this every time I grab the camera. Do I want to live the moment or record the moment?

Great response to a difficult challenge.

Betsy said...

I know exactly what you mean on this one. I know someone who would rather have a few photos to look at rather than love on the kids in the photos.

Glynn said...

She's asking to be remembered -- and asking it through her eyes. Good one, Brian.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I have a weeks worth of pictures and memories as I got to witness a dad and his daughter together having fun, I had fun participating with them and I hope the photos we took will keep the memories fresh for years to come.

Love this 160!

Dulce said...

WOW wow how I love that line
''memories never experienced ''

It says it all, to me, it says so much

Great one my dearest Brian!

Natasha said...

I so wanted to somehow put the sound of the camera in my piece, but came up blank, so the click, whrr really got me...beyond that, another wonderful write.

Luke Prater said...

Great use of onomatopoeia... I forget about that wee aural device and then some astute poet uses it well and I go "oh yeah... I really should use it more". Nice piece, sir

Matty said...

I get the picture that this is a unique 160.

LauraX said...

"capture a moment but don't miss it" I love this line Brian... a good reminder of the way a camera can draw us into the present or become a wall that separates us... we must choose to be mindful or we really do miss the full beauty of what is being offered.

Eileen said...

"Color fades in photos neglected" I love that passage. Many times I've looked at faded family pictures, wondering who some of the people who weren't family fit in and why they were there.

Aquarius63 said...

Nicely done Brian. I like the click wrr, memories captured to hold on to.

Anita.

Lolamouse said...

Nice one! How often do we miss the moment when we try to capture it?

yellowhousecafe said...

love this..immediately thought of a song that repeats, "click, flash" throughout. Fabulous 160/photo prompt!

gayle said...

My husband and I sure did enjoy our day more with our daughter taking the pictures!

Great One!

Rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

Wait a moment click
Damn the button won't unstick
Don't move that's the perfect place
Keep that smile on your face
Oh here we go
Oh won't this picture show
All your beauty and such
You're just to much
There we go all done
Wasn't that fun
Oh sh....it I forgot to remove the lense cap
Aren't I just a simple sap

wasn't a 160 characters but the cat just talks like to chat
So there was my attempt at that
Nowhere to Run
Fun Fun Fun
Oh I'm Burning in a Ring of Fire
I better go this is getting dire

drybottomgirl said...

I love photographs. Holding them in your hands. Seeing how they've faded over the years. Laughing at how much you've changed. A record in history. Nice 160!

kkrige said...

hold tight to those memories Bri

Cloudia said...

brilliant!





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Amropali said...

what good are
memories never experienced


sheer brilliance.
There is poetry worth reading, then there is poetry worth memorizing.

this is one such line.

KB said...

My Dad loves to take pics but he often misses out on the actual experience cause he's so busy trying to capture it on fil. Nice one Brian.

Pseudo said...

I love taking photos. Love matching up photos with words too ; -) It's all fun.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Nice use Of 160 characters...I also like your use Of the "Click wrr..."
the sound that a camera make once the camera is snapped and the photograph taken.

Brian said,"what good are
memories never experienced..."

"color fades in photos neglected
don't let me..."


I agree with both Of your quotes too!
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Fireblossom said...

Amen to that. Sometimes I just want to brain somebody with their video camera and say turn the stupid thing off and BE HERE.

Lorraine said...

Wonderful done as always Brian, and this very much appeals to me on a photographic sense :)

TALON said...

So true - the best memories are captured in the heart.

AmyLK said...

Love taking pictures and remembering good things later....

secret agent woman said...

I like the capture allowed by a camera but don't want to see my whole life through the remove of a lens.

tera said...

I like this one a lot.
:)

lori said...

"color fades in photos neglected
don't let me" - what a line...

Beautiful picture, beautiful poem :)

Titanium said...

Without photos, I have no words. This piece is the perfect summation of that symbiotic relationship between captured moments and shared thoughts.

Goofball said...

fortunately colors don't fade on the digital pictures on my laptop screen

Mighty M said...

Some might say they spend too much time clicking and not enough time living in that moment, so eager to get THE shot.