We Take Pictures To Stop Time

I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know. The smartphone gave birth to the selfie. Everyone takes selfies, young and old. People are no longer embarrassed to stand alone, pose, and take a photo of themselves. While it’s a little weird looking, we all have come to accept this as proper social behavior.

The other night, Eliot and I watched a Netflix movie called Kodachrome. We had no idea what it was about, but we like to randomly pick movies. We later discovered from Wikipedia that it was a film during the final days of the photo development system known as Kodachrome.

A famous photographer/father, and his son, drove hundreds of miles to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closed its doors forever. The film is based on A.G. Sulzberger 2010 New York Times article about a dying father wanting to develop his photographs before the lab closed forever.

Ed Harris plays the famous photographer and Jason Sudeikis is his son. When they finally reach the lab, they meet other photo journalists who recognize the Ed Harris character. Being the revered photographer, Ed Harris provides his fans with some profound thoughts about photography.

I was so moved by what he said, I just felt like I had to document it. Here we go.

Here is the video clip that caught my attention and gave me an emotional tug.


Go ahead and take your selfies. Just remember to share them with others.

2 thoughts on “We Take Pictures To Stop Time

  1. Thanks for the tip. I recall the title KODACHROME but never was able to see the film. I’ll check it out! Ed Harris is such a good actor (Knowing YOUR art passion, I assume you’ve seen him in POLLOCK). BTW: “selfies” were NOT created because of mobile phones. I have been seeing DOZENS of old photos that my wife took by standing in front of a mirror and snapping! I’ve done it, you’ve probably done it…and many creatives have shot that way. It can be very creative… even group photos in mirror image. Also creative options to hide the camera. And you’ve seen the self-portraits by photographers in studio setting. NOPE… nothing new, just a new and easier way to do it! But fundamentally: thanks for recognizing the value of photography in our lives.

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