Photo and Compassion

© Thierry de Roucy

Fr. Thierry de Roucy

            There are ‘photo families’, I mean families where the least event is an opportunity to take lots of pictures. There are ‘photo mothers’, I mean mothers whose purse is full of pictures of their loved ones, which they spontaneously show to each and everyone they come across. There are ‘photo travelers’, people who, when they travel, spend more time behind their cameras than facing reality. I have to admit that, in the environment where I grew up, we were not very fond of photography. My mother had a camera from the time before she was engaged, which she used on very rare occasions. Every film would hibernate for a long time before it was finally developed. I believe that since then she never got any other camera than this one, which dates back to the 1950s. I come from a family where we value gross reality more than pictures on paper, where the present is more important than remembrances or projects. Continue reading