Thursday, November 16, 2006

Photos not taken

I was looking at various pictures of trick-or-treat candy posted on blogs last month and thinking that when I was growing up nobody ever would have bothered to take photographs of that. The costumes sure, but not the candy. It was just too mundane to waste film on. But I wish I had a picture of my childhood candy hauls. I wish I had pictures of a lot of things.

13 photographs I wish I had taken when I had the chance

1. Our Halloween candy spread out all over the floor.

2. My Mom pregnant. She had 11 babies. This means she was pregnant for more than 8 years of her life. How is it possible we have very few pictures of that?

3. Ditto for (discreet) pictures of my mother nursing her babies.

4. Or me nursing my babies for that matter. I guess it’s not too late for that one.

5. My friend in High School who could stack 7 Oreos in his mouth. Nobody believes me when I tell them this. Dang I wish I had some photographic evidence.

6. Me, swinging upside down on the uneven parallel bars formed by the branches of my parents’ apple tree. I was going to be the next Nadia Comaneci. That tree is gone now. And let’s just say I’m a little…less flexible.

7. My old piano teacher. I want to know if her beehive hairdo was as tall and shellac-ed as I remember it. How did she sleep at night?

8. The various cars I rode in or have driven that have since gone to that great parking lot in the sky – the yellow Dasher with the gaping hole in the floor, the family Stationwagon before it died an ignoble death at the driveup window at Arctic Circle, and the VW Vanagon in which I had to take my first driving test (and flunked because I could not parallel park the mammoth, stickshift beast).

9. More than one (!) picture of us standing in front of the World Trade Center when Ken and I visited New York in 1992.

10. The orchards that used to be all around our house but have now become houses and shopping plazas (one of which is called “The Orchards” as if that makes up for ripping out all those trees. Sure, let’s fill in the Grand Canyon but we’ll replace it with a resort called “The Canyon” to compensate.)

11. “Before” photos of the first house Ken and I bought. We did the whole Extreme Home Makeover, but without the bulldozers, Ty Pennington, or loads of volunteers with cash. We took lots of pictures after we were done, but guess who forgot to take pictures before we started.

12. When the Olympics came to Utah in 2002, I took a few shots of the torch. That’s it. The torch. As if I couldn’t go online and find 800 other pictures of the torch that look just like mine. Why didn’t I take pictures of the massive sea of bodies that flooded our state for 2 weeks – the festive throngs of visitors who filled every nook, cranny and overpriced hotel room in Salt Lake Valley? Oh yeah, maybe it’s because we were home watching it all on TV.

13. I wish I had pictures of certain rooms where I’ve spent lots of time over the years – the primary room in the church where I first learned to sing “Give Said the Little Stream,” the choir room in my old High School where we’d go to sluff class (sorry Mom), the cafeteria at Penn State where they made the world’s best provolone tuna melts. The images of these places in my mind are all a bit fuzzy around the edges. But nobody bothers to take pictures of rooms. We’re too busy living in them.

If you want to leave your own “photo not taken” in the comments, I’d love to hear what you have to say. Or just wave hello. That’s fine too.

17 comments:

Lindsey said...

What a great list! I'm jealous...

If you ever do another Extreme Home Makeover that includes Ty Pennington, make sure you take LOTS of picures...and post them for us :)

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic list. Excellent ideas. I wish I had more pictures of my husband. Not too last for this, but we just never seem to get any taken. I need to fix this soon.

busy91 said...

Back in the day people probably didn't want to spend a lot on development. Even when my son was young I thought about the pictures I took and if I wanted to 'waste' film. Too bad. Hey, but at least we have digital now. So we can snap away. Thanks for visiting my Blog today. Happy TTing.

Anonymous said...

Nice list!
Greetings from Germany,
Sonny

P.S: See my list at http://sweetlikekitty.blogspot.com

Heth said...

What a great reminder to take photos of the everyday things! You are making me want to take a whole roll of film today.

Cindy said...

Great list...I wish I could think of unique TT's like this one. I wish I had more pics of my grandparents, all of whom have passed away. :(

My TT is up...

Karen said...

Nice idea. Here's mine:
http://verbatim.blogs.com/verbatim/2006/11/photos_not_take.html

allysha said...

oh, my mom had eleven babies, too. Also w/ very few pictures. I think maybe this is intentional? I mean after 8+ years it's probably ingrained in you, you don't need pictures to remind you what you looked like!

Ruth said...

What a great idea for a list. I may steal it one day. I wish I had before pics of the bathroom we are redoing...i have lots of afters, but didn't think of the befores!! Happy TT!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about the rooms. Even though its not the kind of photo you show other people, it helps keep the memories in your mind.

I'd also add "desks at work." I spend so much time at my desk that it's a big part of my life.

Chelle Y. said...

You know, I carry my camera in my purse all the time because of the "I wishes" in my life. It drives my family crazy, but I tell them that they will appreciate me someday. The sad thing is that I am never (hardly) in the pictures! :)

http://www.chelleyoung.com/index.php/archive/thursday-thirteen-37-thirteen-favorite-games/

K T Cat said...

Parallel parking a Vanagon? OMG!

My TT is up.

Anonymous said...

Great list. This is why I LOVE my digital camera, becuase I never wanted to "waste" regular film.

The Lazy Organizer said...

I wish I had a photo of my last baby laying on my chest right after she was born. I went natural with her and I think everyone was in such an uproar that they didn't think of it. I still want to cry about that one.

I wish I had a photo of all the sewing projects I have ever made. I designed my first article, an apron, when I was 7 and I stitched the whole thing by hand with 1" stitches. I used about 5 different fabrics. Heck I wish I still had the apron!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I wish I had all the photos back that I let lay around on undeveloped film until it was too late to process them. YAY for digital cameras!

They tore down the 100 year plus oak and pine tree forest that surrounded our neighborhood six months ago to make "upscale" shopping centres, apartments, and half a million dollar homes. They're calling it, predictably enough, "Vintage Woods." Ummm, yeah, it used to be vintage woods, anyway. Now, we have a Cinnabon, Old Navy, and increased property taxes. :(

elasticwaistbandlady said...

YOU LINKED ME??!!!!??? How could I have missed that? I'm really cruddy at updating stuff on my blogger template, but I'm scurrying there now to add you too.

scribbit said...

I agree, my husband makes fun of some of the funny pictures I take (I did take a picture of the Primary room where I worked for three years in North Dakota). And P.S. I haven't had time to read any blogs today, but I couldn't miss yours. It's worth it. :)