[Writer, b. 1961, Baden-Söllingen, Germany, lives in Vancouver, Canada.]
I tried to think of a witty play on “Every picture tells a thousand words,” but then the whole word/picture thing collapsed on me.
When you crop the photo, you tell a lie.
When you see such photos, you can’t help but wonder at just how sweet and sad and innocent all moments of life are rendered by the tripping of a camera’s shutter, for at that point the future is still unknown and has yet to hurt us, and also for that brief moment, our poses are accepted as honest.