Thursday is such a big day for me on Instagram. Not only am I feeling compelled to post a “throwback” pic (and I just happen to be sorting through a massive box of oldies as I write this), I am also wistful for travel, and wishing to share a shot for Instagram Travel Thursday – a meme hosted by some of my fine friends like Katja, Elena and Nadia.
What I came up with was this shot of my maternal grandfather. I never met him. He was a motion picture operator in the 1930s in New York City. He managed to stay (barely) employed during the depression because movies were everyone’s escape. His hours were long, the work hard, and hot in cramped projection booths. He died very young.
My mother tells stories of watching the Macy’s Parade from atop the movie marquees at her father’s theater – like a private balcony. These stories transport me, much like travel. Time is one dimension we cannot cross, but for me, it would be the ultimate tourist destination.
I’ve always wanted to write a novel about my grandfather. The machines he operated would be time machines. They would open a portal to another era. Isn’t that what cameras do anyways? He’d still be out there, on some secret adventure. Maybe he really is.
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