The photograph as an anonymous record, a trace of an event, a document that supports a memory, and momento of desire. Of course in all our obvious need to cement our experience, the photograph has replaced experience, instead of a family enjoying an event, time is spent posing for the picture. As if the pose that you are having a good time, trancends the actual experience. Photography is both an ongoing reflection on the complicated relations between subjectivity, meaning and cultural society.
"all I've got is a photograph"-Def Leppard
Carl Sagan explained why he has been moved by the image:
Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
I am complicit in my desire to document my experience, which is to say I have missed some moments here and there.