Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What does Pentax and Feet have in common?

Hello again Pentaxians and friends.

Through the years, I have taken many thousands of pictures, from film to digital. Some were landscapes and scenes from a vacation, some were portraits of friends, and family, some were of flowers, special events, etc. Every time we look at these pictures, we are transported to the time at which the event happened. It's wonderful how our human brain works. We can remember scents, sound, feelings, of a moment in time captured by a simple photograph.

About ten years ago, my wife and I started to take pictures of "feet", yes that's right feet. Everywhere we go, we take pictures of our feet, or our feet with our friend's feet, or a whole group of friends or family's feet at a special event. Sometimes we include a background but most of the time we just shoot down at our combined feet. It sounded like a crazy idea at the time, but now, ten years after, we have a whole collection of “feet” pictures. When we look at them, our brains transports us back to the time the pictures were taken. It probably, (actually surely), doesn't mean anything to anyone but us.

How silly you say? What could be beautiful in taking pictures of feet? Well, to us, these simple pictures mark a moment in time that only the two of us can really appreciate. It's sort of our little secret. I will likely never win any photo contests with these pictures, but we seem to enjoy looking at them more than looking at beautiful sceneries or City scenes of places we visited. I suppose that you could take pictures of hands or eyes or...well, I won't go there! Later on is when you will appreciate these mundane pictures for all they represent to you.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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