August 14th, 2009

a keeper of memories

One thing about being a photographer, or a videomaker or a diarist, is that you become the keeper of memories. Things that pass from other people's minds are still in your files, your shoe boxes, your negative bins your notebooks -- those ordinary moments preserved with a clarity and when things happen, they're there to remind you and to make that day live again.

I have a lot of new friends here who may not know this, so I'll recap a bit -- a few years back I did an award winning documentary photography book on American gun owners. One of the up-sides of spending two years running around photographing people is that you get to see a lot of places and meet a lot of people. And one of the down sides, is that you suddenly know three hundred more people and three score more animals than you did when you started out and one by one you get to hear that they've died.

Fleming was, I think without a doubt, the most articulate person in the book. Both he and his wife were witty, and kind and delightful and their photo was always one of the most popular -- it was certainly my favorite in the whole book. (You can read their entry here.)

I was surprised to hear today that he'd died suddenly. An infection set in after routine surgery and the world is a little poorer for his passing.

But because you're a photographer, or a videomaker, or a diarist, or a poet or a novelist, you've captured a little bit of what they were, so that not everything is gone -- there's a little bit of an echo in an empty room that gives a faint impression of the sound of their voice, their walk, their smile -- and that's all that everyone else has, and for that, you feel proud, and you keep on; keep on writing, recording, saving, archiving, scribbling, because you're the keeper of memories and the world is getting away from you.

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some good news

You will recall that two posts ago (skip back if you missed it) I announced I was giving away a copy of Chris Howard's novel Seaborn to the person who wrote the best flash fiction about Roswell T. Cat and Merpeople by this evening. Well, I am happy to announce that judging that contest will be ....

Chris Howard, author of Seaborn!!!!!

(You can listen to Chris read the first chapter of Seaborn as an mp3 right here.)

Fo Shizzle. So, if you haven't written your story and you want to, you have about 12 hours and who knows, it may be your chance to get discovered.

In other news, if we met at Worldcon, please pipe up with who you are so I can add you to my "Worldcon 09" friends list.

One of my new vows is to be better at friending people I ought to have friended, so if you have the bangin' blog that I've been missing I'm going to have a separate "please introduce yourself!" post over the weekend.

I give you Roswell in her Bathysphere going down to check out Mer-city.

That is all. Be good today.
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