Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia
I enjoy participating in the weekly WordPress photo challenges, sometimes the theme sparks zero interest and I go about my week without thinking of it again. Other times the chosen theme really resonates with me, and I will obsessively spend the entire week in search of photos relevant to the challenge. This week the chosen theme is nostalgia and the instructions for the challenge are pretty straightforward – show what nostalgia means to you — a moment or scene that makes you feel wistful, happy, sad, or somehow longing for the past. Maybe with friends, family, or by yourself — anywhere, anytime of year…
I must admit that I’ve been searching all week for something, anything that would trigger that nostalgic feeling within me. When I experience nostalgia it often feels like a wave of emotion, alternating between overwhelming sadness and profound joy. Usually it feels bittersweet, as though my heart somehow knows that no matter how much happiness the memory may bring, ultimately those moments, people, and days, they’re all long gone.
That’s how it was today when I saw this marquee. There’s nothing remarkable about it, it’s just a sign on a street in a town. I can’t explain it, but when I saw this sign I immediately felt it’s pull, it’s as if it somehow transported me back into a past I didn’t even know I still knew. Waves of nostalgia flooded my body and memories began to pour into my head – I could see the streets of the small Minnesota town where I spent so much time as a young girl, there were so many memories of my grandparents, their homes, their cars, even my grandfather’s aftershave. Completely wrapped up in the moment I pressed the shutter on my camera again and again as if on auto-pilot. I stopped only when the chill in the air reminded me that I wore no coat. I shivered for a moment, and with that awareness the memories quickly began to fade. I stopped taking pictures and slowly began walking back towards my car. In that moment I was painfully aware that it wasn’t the 1970’s, and I was no longer that little girl…
I captured today’s pic using my Canon 6D and 24-105mm lens, edits were done using Color Efex Pro 4.0.
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet…” Emily Dickinson