Between Past and Future

The Momentary Present

Photograph by David Wharton.

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Between Past and Future

The Momentary Present

by David Wharton
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 1: Backward/Forward

“This momentary present, reconciled sometimes in humor, sometimes in pathos, reveals the ways in which a region’s past always inflects its present, its present inflects its future, and so on in a continuous cycle.”

Most photographs are born in a fraction of a second. They show a small piece of the visible world as seen from a particular vantage point at a particular moment in time. They reflect an instantaneous present sandwiched between a fixed past and an unknown future. Photographs draw from a world that already exists; they also encourage us to wonder what the future might hold.

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