Time Travel:Weekly Photo Challenge

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Frozen in Time

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Time in Motion

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More time and motion

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Going back in time

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Frozen, thinking it was a dummy advertising a dress shop she gave me a real shock when she moved.

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I have attempted myself to go back in time.

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Time is important at Flinders Street Station if you are to catch the train on time.

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This, however, is the photo that I think really shows time in so many different ways. We have my Mum, at 87, who has seen a lot in her time. Muffin, a puppy, who thinks time belongs to her and at this age we were wishing time would hurry along so she would stop piddling and chewing in inappropriate places. Bundy and Roger, at the same point in time, both feeling the passage and ravages of time. I know that there are three visible time pieces in this photo (but you will be lucky to pick out more than 1). Roger collects clocks and they stop for no-one. However, the item that for me is the most representative of time is the memoir sitting on the table. A memoir tells of a past time and life by an in the present time narrator. The past they relate is not the past that was lived but rather the time as the present day person constructs from memory. Why do they go back in time? Maybe to make sense of a time past but I believe rather, it is to create a future. Memoir for me is the ultimate in time travel.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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16 Responses to Time Travel:Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. So fascinating the way you push yourself to interpret each prompt in imaginative ways.
    I love the sculptures of the people and the horses with the suggestion of animation amidst the knowledge of stillness. I think that might have been intended in the Lascaux Cave paintings with the numerous images of animals overlaid on similar images. Squint and there is motion
    And the one of your mom, Roger, Bundy, and Muffin, each at such different stages of their lives, time meaning more or less or nothing to each of them, and you as the photographer, being aware of all.
    Now, another question about time, sort of. How is your thesis coming? Well, I hope.

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    • Thanks Sharon. The creativity of the interpretation is part of the fun. Sometimes I get an immediate plan for the post, other times I let the photos fall into the prompt. This one was one of the latter.
      You are probably right re Lascaux Caves. Roger was lucky enough to see them before they were closed to the public. When we went we went to some other caves but still amazing to consider life then.
      I still have a little bit to do. Quite daunting but I am going to get there hopefully this week but definitely by the next week.

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  3. Miriam says:

    What a great response to the theme. Well done Irene.

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  4. Norah says:

    Memoir writer – the ultimate time traveller. What an interesting way of looking at it.

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  6. Sherri says:

    What a wonderful take on the WPC challenge Irene. Love the photo especially of you and Roger from your earlier time travels. No wonder you jumped when she moved 😉 But the most poignant for me, naturally, is your exellent definition of what a memoir really is and why we who write memoir feel so compelled to do so. I truly do believe that it’s central message is all about reconstructing the past as we write in the present, with reflection, and so giving hope for the future 🙂

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    • Thank you Sherri. It was quite funny as I had no idea she was alive. Glad you like my thoughts on memoir. l don’t believe you can go into the future without memoir and without memoir you don’t have an identity. I have been trying to think about the big difference that makes some people write fiction and others memoir. I’m getting close to writing a post on it but it won’t be until after I finish all this stuff. So glad you made headway this last week. Hope this week sees you smiling at the end of it. 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        I really look forward to that post Irene, it will be so good to read it. I love everything you write, but especially about memoir whatever it is. I am smiling Irene, you’ll be pleased do know, and still writing. I feel that I’m back in the flow of my memoir again and I don’t want it to stop this time. I am like that little engine that could…as I know you are right now with your Wednesday in sight and your huge smile at the end of it 😀 Keep going my friend…a.l.m.o.s.t. there… 🙂

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      • I just hope I remember every thing I am planning on writing when I have finished. I should start making a list. Great the flow is happening Sherri. We are both getting near. 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. Jane Lurie says:

    Great idea…stopping time. Nice post, Irene.

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    You have lots of time! 😉 Don’t you wish that were true! I especially like the last photo and the touch-points to time.

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