Forgotten images


When I was a child I kept a series of scrap books. In them I’d paste images cut from magazines–travel brochures and National Geographic were my favourite. I’d  write my favourite quotes from the many books I’d read beneath them. And I think that is what set me on the path of studying photography, anthropology, and writing.

Now many years later I have created a digital scrapbook of sorts, where I share images I take and my favourite quote from each book I read. My aim–as with photography, as with anthropology, as with writing–is to share some of the beauty and poetry I see in the everyday.

And so, I invite you to follow @alanaluna on Instagram.


Ultimately — or at the limit — in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes. ‘The necessary condition for an image is sight,’Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: ‘We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.

-Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida



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