When I was a little girl in Sunday school, we sang a song about God’s grace being both deep and wide–about it’s being eternal, if you will.
It’s here and there. It’s near and far.
It’s now and then and forever into the future.
Love, I suppose, is similarly expansive—not just in spiritual terms but in human ones, as well.
It’s this kiss, that laugh—both of which happen in one particular moment and stretch into millions more.
These may be lofty associations to have with this week’s WordPress photo challenge, but they are also the inevitable challenge of anyone attempting to image something as elusive as infinity.
Then again, I guess, that’s what photo taking is all about—an effort to overcome the transient effects of living in the here and now, to capture this moment and make it last—to transform what’s limited by time and space into something more eternal—something approximating the infinite.
Please keep in mind that I have never attempted a photo challenge before, and I have never tried to assemble images into an audio slide show, either. The challenge itself doesn’t require the latter, but I decided to give it a go, since something video-like seems more in keeping with the infinity theme than the stasis of still photography.
In other words, I use the medium below in an effort to make my images feel more eternal, less static, at least. I use the audio slide show to give my photos movement, to propel them forward into something approximating a future, to give them a momentum that comes closer to timelessness.
The one minute “video” below may be the work of an amateur, but I think my take on the topic is more in keeping with the theme of this week’s challenge than stand-alone photos.
I hope you enjoy.
Maybe becoming an expat has something to do with infinity, as well. Perhaps Sara and I have lived in Vietnam, Haiti and other places, such as Ecuador, in an effort to remove ourselves from ordinary time and space.
That’s what travel is about, isn’t it? We go to new places and see new things in an effort to broaden our horizons and deepen our insights. A trip to Delhi or Hanoi may not be exactly infinite, but it’s more timeless to North Americans than Detroit or Hoboken.
Maybe that’s why one calls an extraordinary vacation a “trip of lifetime.” It takes us out of ordinary experience, creating memories that stay with us, maybe even forever, memories of what it means to be infinitely human and for even a singular moment, something more.
What do you think? Why do you travel? How do photos and video affect you differently? Does one seem more timeless than the other?