I couldn’t resist photographing all of these old records laying in the window of a music store. I suppose some of those reading this have never owned a record, let alone an entire pile of them. Notice the one very recognizable label for Capital records down at the bottom. Although I didn’t touch any of these, that one may the olddest kind that broke if they were dropped. I have no idea what those early ones were made of but once in a while you can still run across one. Maybe they were some kind of clay. I do know the newer ones are flexible and thinner and probably some kind of plastic. The record player in the top right corner is older than the records, I think. You have to wind it up to play the music. This image special because of one thing. It makes you realize how important photographs really are. Whether it is an image like this of a bunch of things that are no longer made or a photograph of a high school senior or newborn baby. Without photographs, that moment in time is soon gone. We can’t freeze time, keep our babies little or even stop records from being replaced with 8 tracks, cassette tapes and now DVDs. Our opportunity to freeze time for future generations comes when we are looking through the lens, composing something interesting, making sure the exposure is correct and clicking the button. In that split second, life within that shot is captured for you and your family now and for generations to come. As a photographer, it really is an amazing gift to be asked to photograph each and every child, teenager or family. I know it will allow those I will never meet to look at the past and know that they are looking at someone who was cherished.