I’m sorry that every moment
At the most inopportune time
Those moments of bliss
Are pierced by the clackety clack
Of a digital box

Each shriek of joy
Married to flash
And pop.
And sync.
And noise.

I’m sorry that I’m absent
In the blurry frames of almost
And silent in the almost there

For I’ve charged myself to witness
And sentenced myself to this box

Of clackety clacks.
And sync.
And noise.

It is when I am the most silent
That I am the most ever there
Happily enslaved to witness the moments where you are the most you.

For it is when I’m the most me.



  1. RC, this is one of the most poignant things I’ve read in a long time. So poetic and so true. Thanks for sharing and thank you, Jenn, for allowing him to do it.

  2. This post expresses a very deep, pure and astute sentiment. Well said!
    I can certainly relate..

  3. Man…… How poignant! Just spent last weekend with my 14 month old Grandson. I have proof, pics of him with MeMa. As I have said all my life, “I am always standing behind the funny looking box!”

  4. Bob Kelly

    RC, your thoughts are the same as mine when my son (now 32) was growing up, and it is the same with my two grandsons right now. It is so nice in my quiet moments to see the images, and recall the moment, the feelings, and the memories we now have, because of the photos. In the end it is worth it as one captures a precious moment in time! Keep using the box my friend….you will have a precious collection that continues to grow each month!

  5. Very well put Rc. We all struggle with this, but I’ve never seen it articulated so well. Deserves wider dissemination.

  6. Beautifully written. So very true. Of course, when my son (19 years old) is aware I am snapping photos, I get the funny faces. I have to be very stealthy to get some of them. My favorites are when they are not aware.

  7. Beautifully written RC. It’s really special to see the love you express for you family not only in your photographs but also in your poetry. Thank you –

  8. Excellent RC! My girls, now 25 and 26 always say “put the camera down”,,, I seldom do. Last summer when our oldest was married she said she wanted me to enjoy the wedding and not be busy photographing it. I told her I’m taking pictures of my baby on her wedding day – what could be more enjoyable!

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  10. Kathy Porupski

    How wonderfully beautiful and poetic from your words to the capture. You have expressed the world of so many of us who live behind a camera better than I have ever seen it done! 🙂

  11. You really touched alot of photographers with this one RC including me. i feel the same way with my wife and son 🙂

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