The Picnic | Memory Chain | The Weekly Special

The Picnic | Memory Chain | The Weekly Special


>>THROUGHOUT HISTORY, CERTAIN
COMMUNITIES BELIEVE THAT A COMMUNITIES BELIEVE THAT A
CAMERA COULD STEAL THE SOUL OF CAMERA COULD STEAL THE SOUL OF
ITS SUBJECT. ITS SUBJECT.
SEEN IN THIS LIGHT, CIRCUIT SEEN IN THIS LIGHT, CIRCUIT
CAMERAS OF THE EARLY 20TH CAMERAS OF THE EARLY 20TH
CENTURY COULD RIGHTLY BE ACCUSED CENTURY COULD RIGHTLY BE ACCUSED
OF GRAND THEFT. OF GRAND THEFT.
THE CIRCUIT CAMERA’S POPULARITY THE CIRCUIT CAMERA’S POPULARITY
WOULD EVAPORATE IN THE PLACE OF WOULD EVAPORATE IN THE PLACE OF
MORE COMPLEX TECHNOLOGIES. MORE COMPLEX TECHNOLOGIES.
NONE WERE CAPABLE OF REPLACING NONE WERE CAPABLE OF REPLACING
WHAT THE CIRCUIT CAMERA DID. WHAT THE CIRCUIT CAMERA DID.
THE LENS WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE THE LENS WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE
BROAD SWEEP OF HUMANITY. BROAD SWEEP OF HUMANITY.
THERE’S ALSO THIS TO CONSIDER. THERE’S ALSO THIS TO CONSIDER.
INSTEAD OF FREEZING A SINGLE INSTEAD OF FREEZING A SINGLE
MOMENT, THE CIRCUIT CAMERA MOVED MOMENT, THE CIRCUIT CAMERA MOVED
SLOWLY, LEFT TO RIGHT, SLOWLY, LEFT TO RIGHT,
CONDENSING SEVERAL SECONDS OF CONDENSING SEVERAL SECONDS OF
EXPOSURE INTO ONE STILL IMAGE. EXPOSURE INTO ONE STILL IMAGE.
IT’S A PROCESS THAT WOULD BE IT’S A PROCESS THAT WOULD BE
ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE IF YOU ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE IF YOU
HAPPEN TO VALUE LIVING IN THE HAPPEN TO VALUE LIVING IN THE
PRESENT MOMENT. THE 39 INDIVIDUALS IN THIS
PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ONE SUMMER PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ONE SUMMER
AFTERNOON JULY 17TH, 1919 AFTERNOON JULY 17TH, 1919
APPARENT LEAD HAD NO MS. GIVINGS APPARENT LEAD HAD NO MS. GIVINGS
POSING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA POSING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
‘-P IN FACT A FEW OF THEM WOULD ‘-P IN FACT A FEW OF THEM WOULD
SET OUT THAT DAY TO BEND TIME IN SET OUT THAT DAY TO BEND TIME IN
ANOTHER DIRECTION ALL TOGETHER. ANOTHER DIRECTION ALL TOGETHER.
NOTICE THIS GROUP ON THE LEFT NOTICE THIS GROUP ON THE LEFT
SIDE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH. SIDE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH.
FOUR OF THE SUBJECTS APPARENTLY FOUR OF THE SUBJECTS APPARENTLY
SLIPPED BEHIND THE CAMERA, SLIPPED BEHIND THE CAMERA,
MOVING JUST AHEAD OF THE MOVING JUST AHEAD OF THE
APPROACHING LENS TO POSE AGAIN APPROACHING LENS TO POSE AGAIN
OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE. OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
BY DOING SO, THEY SEEMED TO BE BY DOING SO, THEY SEEMED TO BE
APPEARING IN THE SAME MOMENT OF APPEARING IN THE SAME MOMENT OF
TIME TWICE. TIME TWICE.
WHO KNOWS, IN THE PROCESS THEY WHO KNOWS, IN THE PROCESS THEY
JUST MIGHT HAVE SWIPED THEIR JUST MIGHT HAVE SWIPED THEIR
SOULS BACK. SOULS BACK.
THE SECRETS OF HOW A SOUL CAN THE SECRETS OF HOW A SOUL CAN
FLOURISH IN REAL TIME AND REAL FLOURISH IN REAL TIME AND REAL
LIFE WERE WELL KNOWN TO THOSE LIFE WERE WELL KNOWN TO THOSE
WHO CAME BEFORE US. WHO CAME BEFORE US.
IT INVOLVED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP IT INVOLVED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP
WITH NATURE, THE SENSORY, THE WITH NATURE, THE SENSORY, THE
FACE TO FACE. FACE TO FACE.
SURELY THESE SECRETS WERE KNOWN SURELY THESE SECRETS WERE KNOWN
TO THE SUBJECTS OF THIS TO THE SUBJECTS OF THIS
PHOTOGRAPH, MANY OF WHOM IT PHOTOGRAPH, MANY OF WHOM IT
TURNS OUT WERE PROFESSIONAL TURNS OUT WERE PROFESSIONAL
PHOTOGRAPHERS. PHOTOGRAPHERS.
WHILE THEY MAY HAVE BEEN WHILE THEY MAY HAVE BEEN
COMFORTABLE MANIPULATING TIME, COMFORTABLE MANIPULATING TIME,
THEY ALSO HAD THE COMMON SENSE THEY ALSO HAD THE COMMON SENSE
TO SPEND SOME OF IT AT A PICNIC. SO, THEY COME TO FORM THE FIRST
LINKS IN THE MEMORY CHAIN. LINKS IN THE MEMORY CHAIN.
WITH A GENTLE TUG AT THIS END, WITH A GENTLE TUG AT THIS END,
WE CAN CONNECT WITH SOME OF WHAT WE CAN CONNECT WITH SOME OF WHAT
WAS LEFT BEHIND ON THAT SUMMER WAS LEFT BEHIND ON THAT SUMMER
AFTERNOON AND SOME OF THE AFTERNOON AND SOME OF THE
SECRETS HELD INSIDE THOSE OLD SECRETS HELD INSIDE THOSE OLD
SOULS. SOULS.
SECRETS THAT NOW LIE THERE JUST SECRETS THAT NOW LIE THERE JUST
WAITING FOR US TO

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