scattered pixels.

I spent several hours yesterday talking about my love of the photograph while filming a promotional video for ECP. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and really thought about what these scatter of pixels on a paper print mean to me. All the doing of it has gotten in the way of the appreciation of it, I guess. And that time set aside just to talk about this art was so powerful for me. And I think I fell in love just a little deeper with these digital still recordings of my life.

Because photographs will remember things that I don’t yet know I’ll forget.

One day I’ll forget that I sometimes twist a small wisp of her hair up into a bobby pin.

And I’ll forget that the back of the couch is the designated place for articles of children’s clothing that need to be hung and not folded…and that somehow they seem to stay there for days on end.

I’ll forget the patterned pillow that is beginning to fray and betray the signs of pillow fights and spend the nights and late night couch crashes.

I may even forget my girl’s simultaneous seven-year-old obsession with Rainbow Loom and avocados and fashion glasses. And the way she calls her little box “my kit.” And the hours she’ll spend with that kit and a good YouTube tutorial.

But I’m not worried about forgetting.

Because these photographs are saving it all for me.

Bottled up in thousands of 4×6 time capsules,

that hold the contents of my heart inside.

MomNovember 10, 2013 - 8:52 pm

As a mom 25 years past your 8th birthday, I’m glad you have these photos too because I can guarantee you would not remember those little details. I wish I had more to remind me of your childhood….

Jessica WNovember 11, 2013 - 9:17 am

And you just encouraged me to pick up my camera more often for the everyday moments. Annnnnnnnnnddd, our daughters are kindred!

MeganNovember 11, 2013 - 11:29 am

Well said, my friend.

Deanna M.November 11, 2013 - 6:53 pm

You are such a good writer and storyteller. You are able to put into words, feelings I have in my heart. This is why I photography my family’s life–for our family’s legacy to live on in the stories the photographs tell. Thanks Erin. BTW—You photographed my one year old twin sons in Chicago (Oliver and Grey). Any plans on making a return trip in a couple of years when they turn five?

erin cobbNovember 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words. =) And Deanna, I would LOVE to come back to Chicago! But how in the world can those boys be so big already?!

Julie PilchNovember 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

My daughters love Rainbow Loom too, I visited family in NYC and brought the craze back to the UK. It is so easy to forget these moments that will be so precious when they are gone. I often feel I can’t “see the wood for the trees”. Thanks for the reminder to stop and treasure the moments.

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