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“There is child abuse, and there are such things as repressed memories. But there are also such things as false memories and confabulations, and they are not rare at all. Misrememberings are the rule, not the exception. They occur all the time. They occur even in cases where the subject is absolutely confident – even when the memory is a seemingly unforgettable flashbulb, one of those metaphorical mental photographs.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
And this is one of the reasons why I take pictures. These ones don’t lie…
2 responses to “Misrememberings”
Great quote. Amazing author.
But let me disagree with your thoughts about it. Photography is mostly about lying.
I should have rephrased that. By lies I mean those misrememberings Carl Sagan says here. Photography, just like any other art form, is not about truth or lies. That belongs more to Science, I think. And maybe photojournalism…