Ovation: The Return Of Dave Lacey’s Camera Filled With Memories.
I used to take a lot more pictures. I used to be the one in the gang who brought a camera to every party to snap shots of the silly things that my family and friends would do. I would stock up on 35mm film when it was on sale and store it in the refrigerator because I was always told it would last longer if it was cold. Every time I picked up an envelope of prints at the drug store, I’d drop off a new roll of pictures to be developed. I’d fill albums and boxes with some of the dumbest and poorly composed photographs the world had ever seen. But I was capturing memories.
Sometime in the last few years, I don’t know exactly when, I pretty much stopped taking pictures altogether. Ironically, this happened at about the same time that I started carrying a smartphone that contains a perfectly functional camera.
When Dave Lacey’s camera was stolen from his home over year ago it contained precious photographs of his wife Erica, who died from cancer at age thirty. Dave had given up hope and come to terms with the fact that the camera and the photos were gone forever.
Recently, the Santa Ana, California police department surprised Lacey and reunited him with his camera and more than three hundred photos that he thought would never see again. The police had found a pawn shop receipt for the camera while investigating another crime. They recognized the neighborhood where one of the pictures was taken and tracked down Lacey to return the stolen property and the lost memories.
I think I’ll start using my smartphone to take more pictures. I can delete the bad ones and save the rest as digital files. I should print a few, too, to replace the old photos in the frames around the house.
Do you take many pictures?
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