A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul. ~Plato
The definition of the soul is the spiritual part of the human being, the part that is regarded across the word as immortal, and the part that is the essence of our being. But what does the soul mean to us? To me my soul is the untouchable part of me; the bit that belongs to me alone and is something that cannot be affected by another person’s actions or beliefs. Over the centuries people have been persecuted, bullied and stereotyped, but their souls have remained defiant, being controlled only by themselves. You just have to look at Anne Frank, Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela to see what I’m talking about.
Across the world there is a belief in many religions that a photo can steal part of your soul. It has something to do with the power of mirrors and stems from old folklore when the mirror could cause a soul to become trapped. The superstition of breaking a mirror stems from this too, as by breaking a mirror it was believed you were causing damage to the soul.
So can a camera truly capture a moment in time? I’m not sure whether I would go as far as to say that it steals a little of your soul, but im also not sure that it can truly capture that second of time. if you remember back to a time that you enjoyed, that was special to you and that your mind is cast back to, and then look at an image from that day, does the photo really take in the emotions that made it so special to you?
An example of this was the weekend that I just had. Would a photograph had made my Friday night any less entertaining, and would it have made me remember it any differently? Would a picture from Sunday have made me remember the smell of the baby with any more strength, or her tight little grip on my finger? Would it have made me smile any more when Lilly showed me how she had learn to rollypolly if I had documented it in photo form?
I will remember the simple things that make me happy in my life regardless of whether there is a 6×4 to help me out with it. And I think that if you spend all your time taking pictures of that sunset/the baby/the beach from the cliffs then you might just miss the pure pleasure of actually being there and living in the moment.