Thursday, December 01, 2005

Photographs lie.

Photographs lie; I don't trust them. I flipped through a family album with a young girl I'm working with at the Sharewood Clinic. Her family looked so peaceful and full of bliss: vacations in Aspen, weddings in New York City, mom and dad holding hands on the front porch, the girl posing in Disneyland. It's hard to believe what she and her family have actually gone through together: the arguments, the custody battles, the bankrupsy claims, the dad in and out of rehab, the girl running away in middle of the snowy night in January. Yet, she keeps this album of apple-pie happy pictures. She keeps these pictures of the family perfectly content underneath her bed at the half-way home. No bitterness, no regrets, just pictures of all-American smiles. We all have to believe in something. Sometimes we need to hold on to sweet memories made of nothing at all.

8 Comments:

Anonymous bd said...

The photographs, the stories. They are both different projections of the truth. All we can do is to cherish the happy memories, learn from the unhappy ones, and try to move on.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I really enjoy your blog. You have very interesting perspectives on things.

7:00 AM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

At that moment when the picture was taken, their could have been genuine happiness in the people's photograph that the girl had. Given that she would know the context...I think it is fair better to believe in the good that her family is capable of then all the bad things that they might do.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do your photographs lie?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Illegally Blonde said...

She sounds like a very strong person. Good for her. I wish I could be more positive, makes me ashamed for all my complaints.

2:42 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

It's sad, but true. A photograph only freezes one moment in time, and sometimes the moment was never really there in the first place. But hopefully, that young girl will be able to get some comfort from her photos, no matter under what circumstances they were taken...

3:12 PM  
Anonymous bd said...

What happened to the enlightened thoughts of Alison? I've missed reading them.

BTW. Merry Christmas

12:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

To add to what you observed, couples who have their wedding photos "in your face" all over their house will probably get divorced someday.

7:29 PM  

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