Preserving Memories: A Journey Through Time and Technology
After completing the mandatory three-year military service, traveling vagabond-style is a rite of passage for many young Israelis, and I was no exception. I was low on funds but had plenty of time, so my trip lasted nearly two years. It was a response to an internal call to go out, experience freedom, and explore the world and myself. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life.
As I look back on my travels through the photos I took, I am struck by how digital technology has changed the way we approach photography. Gone are the days of expensive film and the need to have a dark room to develop prints. Now, with the click of a button, we can capture and preserve our memories for posterity.
But as I reflect on these photos, I am also reminded of the famous quote by Ansel Adams, “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” When I took these photos in 1982 and 1983, I wasn’t trying to create great art or express my feelings through the lens. I was simply trying to freeze a moment in time, a memory of the wonders I experienced during my travels.
Now, as I look back on those memories, I realize that while the photos bring up general impressions of my journey, they don’t always evoke specific details. But that’s okay. The fact that these photos are in such good condition is a testament to the importance of documenting our lives, regardless of our level of skill or artistic aspirations. I am grateful to have these photos, these glimpses into my past, and the memories they evoke. They remind me of the freedom and adventure of my travels and the person I was during that time.