Monday, 29 October 2012

Loops

My brother, my father and me, circa 1974


So much revel in throwing stuff away: to be recycled, where possible, one adds, but the joy lies most in the feeling of having cleared space; yet on my desk is a lightly corroded camera battery that I can't quite bring myself to drop into the bin.
Boy has opted to study photography, a balance to his sciences and history. We have dug out my father's old cameras; an OM10, an OM20, a couple of Tamron lenses. Film is a mystery to digital age Boy, so I sprung open the back of a camera body and yelped because there was a film in it. The odds on there being any pictures are slim, but I shall try developing it. Boy was two when my father died- there might even be a photograph of Small Boy to discover.
I bought some new batteries to power the cameras back to life. Boy prised out the old ones with a cotton bud, handed each one to me as it came free. Quite corroded, the first three, but the last one had a shiny flat surface. I kept it in my hand. I read it: 357 Rayovac, Dad always liked a name brand. Something talismanic about the thing, like it ties up time, loops two moments; the bearded serious man loading a good battery; the studious young man clearing space.  

Boy, 2011


4 comments:

  1. Yikes, you had to pick a battery, didn't you? My laptop battery died yesterday afternoon. Grrrr. Now I am on direct current and if the cats swoop by and hit the plug, I'm toast.

    The crazy thing is, it's better to buy a new lappy than a battery.

    Kids know nothing about film. It's funny how much 15 years or so make a difference in technology. Wonder where we will all be in 20?

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  2. In 20, maybe no one will know about batteries... doesn't solve your problem quite fast enough though, eh?! Good luck with the DC Jeremy- hope the cats don't feel swoopy...

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  3. Oh, Lils. First, I was drawn in by your beautiful family picture but then I was filled with the mystery of your conclusion. Talismanic. I'll have to chew on that for a while.

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  4. Such a strong sense of overlapping time! I know it's in my mind, rather than the battery- but I still have it on my desk. It is rather odd.

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