A photograph tells a story. It shows where we called home, it shows the decade that we claim for our childhood and often, it shows much more. The above picture is one of thousands that have been shared on Taylor Jones' Dear Photograph. Digital nostalgia at it's best, it will make you smile, it may even make you shed a tear, but the most important thing that it does is make you want to go through all those old pictures and relive the moments that shaped our past.
His book, Dear Photograph (Morrow Avon) that's coming out in May is a way to celebrate these powerful memories. When I go through our old pictures... the ones from my childhood I remember like yesterday riding in that big back seat on our way downtown to the Shrine Circus. Mom and Dad were in the front, the radio on and I would watch as we made the turns, left and right. Some things familiar...
Spradlin's Market up on Commercial Street where Mom and I would walk to on warm summer days to buy fresh produce ~
Stinger Sam's Automotive at the corner of Lyon and Commerical where Daddy would go on Saturdays to pick up oil or sparkplugs~
Past Katz City where we'd shop on Friday nights and I'd spend my 50
cents allowance for a bag of candy~
And Burge Hospital where I was born in 1952~
We'd park along the street in front of the Shrine Mosque, put money in the meter and for the next two hours I'd watch beautiful trapeze artists fly through the air, brave lion tamers and through the eyes of a child I dreamed of where my life would take me. Go over to Dear Photograph and go through those wonderful old pictures...