My Husband is notorious for downloading random songs on iTunes that sneak into my playlists at just the right moment. Jamey Johnson sings a wonderful song called "In Color" that if you get a chance to listen to it, I highly recommend it. The premise is that you may flip through the black and white photos and get an idea of what was going on but, that it isn't a substitute for living it in real color.
I think many of us go through life living it by proxy. We flip through magazines, follow folks online, friend strangers and live vicariously through other people's images... all a cheap imitation of life. Today I watched two of the kids I work with text each other from opposite sides of the room. They could have just put down their phones and had a meaningful conversation, seen the facial expressions, heard the changes in their voices, and the slight giggle on their breath.... but they completely missed it. They missed the good stuff, the stuff LIFE is made of. I don't know about you, but I want to have my own pictures that I remember being in vibrant, crazy amazing, mind boggling color. I want to look at a picture and be able to smell the fragrance of the flowers and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin just like the moment I took the picture. I try to explain to my students that it is really hard to paint or create something from scratch, you need to have something to draw from, a first hand experience. How can I imitate the perfect shade of blue that I have never seen? How will I know what Heliotrope smells like from a picture? How will I be able to discern a ripe strawberry still glistening from the morning dew if I've never picked one at sunrise and tasted the goodness myself? How can I hear the symphony of Spring Peepers in the clicking of text messages? Live your life folks, don't let someone else live one you enjoy by proxy, it just isn't the same.