This is what my desktop currently looks like. I got the show-your-desktop idea from one of Ian's posts over at EDog's Everything Page. It's a shot of a sunrise over Mount Makiling, where I spent last weekend. It's about 1.5 hours away from Manila.
Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, but what I find amazing is how fast and easy it is nowadays to share such sights with people from all over. Just take a picture with a digital camera, transfer the image to your computer, and with a few clicks of the mouse it can be emailed to friends and relatives or posted on sites for other people to see. You don't even need a computer to do that, come to think of it. If you have a camera phone, you can use MMS to send the pictures you take with it. And it can be so much fun.
In some cultures, though, people are superstitious about picture-taking, shying away from having their photos taken. They believe that the camera steals a part of their spirit, capturing it.
In a way, I think they're right.
A sliver of time frozen on a screen or on paper (if you have the photo printed). A modern relic of a moment that can never, ever be recaptured. You can try to replicate all the conditions present in the photo but it wouldn't matter--nothing will ever be exactly the same. Because that moment is gone forever. And the memory of what you were feeling at the moment that the picture was taken will probably dissipate like the mountain's morning mist if it weren't for certain stimuli that tug (sometimes most unexpectedly) at remembrance.
Such as a photograph.
And for a few seconds you're transported back in time, feeling the same feelings and thinking the same thoughts as when the camera captured that particular moment. That dead moment--which springs briefly back to life in your mind because you saw a ghost.
Sound is also a powerful stimulus, as is smell. Wouldn't it be cool if a camera could capture scent in addition to image? Or perhaps not.
What is Manic Monday?
A multi-blogger meme, in the spirit of Wordless Wednesday, Thursday 13, Friday Feast, and Photo Hunters Saturday.
How to participate?
Visit Morgen's It's A Blog Eat Blog World any time after 4pm EST on Fridays to discover Monday's theme word. This will be a word with multiple definitions.
Use one of the definitions to inspire your Manic Monday Post = perhaps a photograph, a story, a joke, or a stream of consciousness paragraph inspired by the word. Be creative, and have fun with it.