Rescue Rehabilitate Release [Davion Alston]
I think about the smell of pancakes made in the morning, waking up in my grandparents' home, a knock on my door with gospel music playing on the other side of it. It is yet another Sunday morning in the South of Georgia. I was so used to this day that it became a second nature to have this routine of waking up, eating, getting dressed in my Duckhead slacks with a nice button-up and tie, then off to church where I was taught
and forced, that it was a part of growing up.
Nostalgia, nostalgic, memory, perception
When I visit home I always tend to lint roll the pillow where I lay my head at night because to me, as bland as that may seem, it is a thought of how to see home. When I return from visiting my family and carefully pull out the sheet I tore from the lint roller to trace the small evidence of my home, my mind unfolds when confronted with the thought of what is picked up. That is where my mind settles, in the thought of thought. The resource of my warm
and sometimes cold feeling comes from memories not directly given to me that may or may not reflect my photographic practice, but rather the acknowledgment that memories and perception of memory tend to shift to lend or take an emotion depending on what can provide a sense of oneness. As lighthearted as my rant may go -- I thought of this while viewing a movie about a fish with short-term memory loss-- it has to deal with retracing, reconditioning, and realigning oneself to keep sanity at bay. My perception of home may be that it does not have to be the shelter that is over your head at night but rather the small triggers that can remind you of a time of warmth like the smell of pancakes or the xylophone from the intro to Rugrats on a Saturday morning. If you have memories that are weighted and no longer serve your growth, cut them off, that too may be where home lies.
“Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so
everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams
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