It is not a far-fetched idea that one day, likely in the next 10-20 years, we will be equipped with a device that will visually and audibly document our lives, 24/7. This device might even be implanted under our skin. As software is becoming integrated into everything, and as memory storage devices are getting smaller and less expensive, these kinds of innovations will transition from concept to reality. I believe the true driving force is not the technology itself but is our common human desire to document and re-live our memories, especially those which make us feel good, alive and happy.
I often think how nice it would be to re-live the drives through the Himalaya or the Andes mountains, even if the journey takes place only on an LED screen. A Virtual Reality tours of exotic or religious sites such as the Taj Mahal mausoleum and the Vatican Sistine Chapel already exist, but the ease of use and the number of places we will be able to visit from our home couch will exponentially increase
All of which somehow ties into this section of Travel Photography. Not only did the digital revolution make photography easy, accessible and cheaper, but the mediums by which we store, distribute and share our photos have been revolutionized as well. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “change is the only constant in life”, and it is even more true today. It is a fact of life that we – individuals, organizations and nations alike have no choice but to deal with change. Those who can acknowledge this fact and cope with change will survive. Those who will seek out change and actively embrace it will thrive.
With that in mind I migrated my photos from photo albums to Facebook, and now to this WordPress site, where they are integrated with my impressions and diaries from 1982 forwards. Obviously, not all my trips are included and my approach to photo taking has evolved and improved over the years. I am not a photographer; I just take photos to satisfy my eye. I am consistently drawn to the vastness of the horizon, where the endless, uninterrupted horizon line can be found. The places where life slows down and where I find a connection with the mighty force of nature and beyond. This is the same theme I have been exploring through the hundreds of fused glass tiles I’ve made over the years.
At times my eye will catch a composition of still-life or people that I find aesthetically appealing. Often these compositions conjure up in my mind an abstract shape completely detached from what they are, it can be anything from a fold of a fabric to a pile of vegetables. Other times I simply take a photo to document a moment for the memory bank.