Photographs have the capacity to elicit powerful emotions, which can run the entire range from elation and excitement to despair. A Flickr viewer commented on the above photograph-"I love the mood of this-well done!" As a visual person, I experience this on a daily basis, and in a large part, it is responsible for my love of this medium, as well as landscape design. The down side, of course, is when images evoke sadness or hurt. There remain prints that I cannot look at, even as simple as from Flickr or a BlogSpot, for I have learned that the days of sadness that follow are simply not worth the sating of curiosity regarding what a lost friend is doing.
"Once started the names keep flowing, a surge of nostalgia that can only be stopped by intense effort, the current so strong it is nearly overwhelming. I give up people reluctantly, feel their absence long after they are gone, and have become, as I grow older, hesitant to take on cause for further grieving. I think sometimes I have known and relinquished enough, that I prefer to be left alone, to cut my losses."
Wayne Fields, "What the River Knows"