Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WHEN WE ARE - newest anthology

Old picture of a couple
Cover of new antholgy
I love old pictures of people (as opposed to pictures of old people). There’s something about looking at someone from a by-gone era. Maybe it’s the look in their eyes, maybe it’s their smile—or lack of a smile, maybe it’s the way they are posed…. I don’t know. It’s hard to put into words.

Whenever I look at an old picture of people I realize it shows so much more than just people. It is a microcosm of the time the picture was taken, a museum display of their era, a depiction of their when.

My modern eyes stare into their ancient eyes and something seems to pass between us, not only from the picture to me, but from their time to mine. It’s amazing to think that, at the time the picture was taken, they had the modern eyes, they were up-to-date.

In this age of digital pictures, I wonder what our legacy will be. A hundred years from now, will people stare at our pictures on computer screens and wonder how we lived? I think they will. I guess it’s just human nature to wonder about things like that.

The next time you take a picture of yourself or others appreciate what you are doing. Realize that pictures are so much more than just pixels arranged into something coherent. They not only show who we are or the current fashions, they show WHEN WE ARE.

WHEN WE ARE. Our newest contest anthology of stories from our 2011 short story writing contest. Authors: Dan Sullivan, Ronna L. Edelstein, Michelle Wotowiec, Kathleen Ratcliffe, J. E. Moore, Simone Hanson, Joseph L. Rose, Mary Smith, Donald Macnow, Vanessa Orlando.