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It’s Pixel Fix Friday!

Wherein I (sometimes) post one or more photos I’ve taken, and write about ‘em.  Each and every (occasional) Friday. * * *

A mountain of Kodachrome memories.

A pile of colour film slidesOn New Year’s Day I purged a bunch of photos. I sifted through hundreds of old 4×6 prints, and whittled the lot down to a stack of about thirty or so pictures.

And then I found the slides.

Six boxes. Some two-hundred tiny celluloid windows into the past.

Film slides on a windowsillI haven’t looked at them closely. They’re almost twenty-years old. And while I do have some idea of what they contain — where they were shot, who might still live within their frames …

I’m not sure I want to go there.

I’m not sure that I will like what it is they have to show me.Multiple stacks of old film slides

It has crossed my mind to throw them away. Sight unseen. To stop memory’s fingers from playing all over the surface of my heart. To prevent her from clutching and tugging at the corners of those long-quiet spaces.

I’m not sure what to do.

Do I jump into that maelstrom, choose a handful to keep (like I did with the other photos), and then get the f**k out of Dodge?

Or do I just toss them wholesale? Forget about ’em. Trust that any worthy memories already reside firmly within me.

Trust in the present. Trust that I am enough.

Trust that I don’t need little exterior caskets in which to trap my reminiscences.

Hm. I still don’t know what to do.

~k

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6 comments on “It’s Pixel Fix Friday!

  1. Sarah
    January 11, 2013

    Why not rent a slide projector, hang a white sheet on the wall, put the slides in random order, pour some wine, make a pizza and have a slide show party?

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    • kim faires
      January 11, 2013

      Haha! I may just do that. Of course, if I do that I have to get on it, or they’ll sit for another few decades before I get around to renting a projector … and adding red wine to the mix could be a good thing or … erm, possibly a bad thing. ;)

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      • Sarah
        January 11, 2013

        There was an article in the back of the New York Times Magazine that talked about this very thing. Maybe just chucking them all without looking will make you feel free. #redwineisneverabadthing

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        • kim
          January 11, 2013

          OR #redwinemightmakeitallkindahilarious

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  2. dnorman
    January 11, 2013

    I can’t bring myself to throw away photos. any photos. I have a banker’s box full (FULL) of photos I haven’t seen in decades. but I’ll eventually find the nerve/time to sift through it all. the permanence of throwing them away makes me uncomfortable throwing them out. *shudder*

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    • kim faires
      January 11, 2013

      Oh I know — it can be tough. The first time I tossed out stuff like that, I was pretty freaked, but I was so elated afterward that now I’m all about the clutterbust. ‘Course I’ll probably go through these and pick out any that have value. Any pictures that make me feel crappy, though, or cause me to yearn for a time long-gone get chucked. And I KNOW that some of these pics are going to stir up some yucky feelings. I know it.

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