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Snapshots Without Time
Dissent: Volume 6 of the Helter Skelter Anthology of New Writing

Snapshots Without Time

This is the golden era of the snapshot culture. Everyone has a camera and everyone takes pictures. But does a snapshot exist in a place where there is no time? If nothing changes, will taking a picture still be the same? How would it matter if you took the picture now, 10 minutes later, or 10 years later, if life was still, without movement, without time?

The true snapshot is a instant picture; a polaroid. The medium in itself is decaying, fading as soon as it is shot and the chemical characteristics of the film ensure that it creates more than just a picture—it creates time. The instant picture is the closest a snapshot comes to being what it really should be: “a living moment experienced”.

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