Just How Important Are the Photographs We Take?

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Strangers in the Box

Come,look with me inside this drawer,

In this box I’ve often seen,

At the picture, black and white,

Faces proud, still, serene.

I wish I knew the people,

These strangers in the box,

Their names and all their memories

Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like.

How did they spend their days?

What about their special times?

I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time

To tell who, what, where, when,

These faces of my heritage

Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate

Of the pictures we take today?

The faces and the memories

Someday to be tossed way?

Make time to save your pictures,

Seize the opportunity when it knocks,

Or someday you and yours could be

The strangers in the box.

1997 by Pamela A. Harazim

We may not use a “box” anymore but we sure do store on computers, phones and camera scan disc. Who will write the story of all those images? Let me help get you started…

Mary Beth Lovejoy, photographer

Lovejoy Photography and Heritage Maker

315.374.0506  or  585.348.7380


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