Why an Image Seems Better Than Reality
Ever wondered looking through the leaves of a photo album that from the time that you see the first image, until the last, you end up revisiting the entire scene in your mind.
It is nothing but the sheer brilliance of the human brain that facilitates the transposition of a tangible entity to culminate into an intangible, and, becomes the closest to what we can realistically consider as the best means of going back in that frame of history, or precisely, that particular moment in time.
This was the thought that came to me when I found myself seeking for inspiration for writing from a picture that I had just clicked. It was a picture of the beautiful greenery just outside my balcony, a garden with varied flora with some bars in the backdrop with my feet on the foreground. I thought that if I continue to look at the picture, something like a topic to write on was sure to strike in sometime.
I instantly put the phone down, to watch the real scene. The very thought that I was opting to look at the picture, instead of the real deal, seemed kind of silly. I felt foolish for a moment; as I thought why choose a fragment of a scene, when you could have the whole real thing in front of you.
And then, after some time, it all began to make a little sense. The picture seemed to appear much more beautiful than the scene did for real.
A picture offers you control, and allows us a possibility of painting our own portrayal of what should be, and offers us an opportunity to mould the scene according to our own aesthetics.
Another thing that works in the favor of a picture is that how it constantly signals us to think of what lies beyond the limited scene that is visible to us. For instance, getting constantly transported to a beach that I see the picture of, allows us to create a utopia of our own, especially for control freaks that won’t rest until everything is picture perfect!
Not only does a picture of a beautiful place (it’s fragment rather, because a picture is part of a beautiful whole) titillate our imagination, but it also serves as a timeless memento. As propounded by Wordsworth, the celebrated romantic poet, memories of secluded beautiful places travelled to once, serve as a balm to the heart of the weary city dweller. When in the romantic era, he asked us to keep the memories of those lovely sceneries in our hearts, little did he know of the 21st century traveler.
Sometimes, the first thought that we have after climbing to a beautiful place is getting a profile picture clicked, and then, some more. Seldom do we remind ourselves to absorb the beauty around, for which we have taken the trouble of travelling that far. The important thing to do at such breathtaking places, always, is to spend a few moments in solitude to be one with nature, because it does wonders for you.
By all means, do make sure to bring back a “picture” that has the capacity to time travel you back to the charm of those good old memories whenever you may want.