Wish I Had a Camera in My Head

May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am 4 comments

I wish I had a camera in my head.

No, I don’t mean a photographic memory. I mean a camera. In my head. Lens (with zoom) in the middle of my forehead and wires and stuff all connected so that I just had to hard-blink or push a button embedded in my thumb or carol-burnett my ear lobe to capture images.

I have stated this wish for years and I don’t think it’s completely insane to think that, someday, probably, the technology will exist. And somebody better be willing to push my wheel chair to the hospital if it happens in my lifetime.  

I have been fascinated with photography since my gramma and grampap gifted me my very first camera (black inset with faux wood paneling) at age 8. I’m on my sixth, somewhat sleeker camera now, and through the years have developed a bit of an eye (or enough dumb luck) to capture some good shots every now and then.

The problem is, I “see” pictures all over the place. And pretty often, I don’t have the camera handy or I don’t have hands free to click. Like tonight, for instance, as I was leaving the office.  

As I sat at the end of the office driveway, waiting to pull out, I noticed the  stopped car. A rare sight at 5:00. With cars spilling out of every driveway in the office park and everybody going 50 in the 35 zone. Yes, there was a lot of honking, but not, as you might guess, from the other cars lining up behind the stopped one.

Next to that car, above the high curb, on the lovely grass lawn, stood a mama goose, a papa goose, and four goslings. Below the curb, on the road, waddled gosling number five. The little guy’s family was honking like mad. He was walking fast but, you know, fast is relative when you’re about 4 inches high with really teenie feet at the bottom of some stubby new legs. There was no end to the curb in sight and his nubby wings weren’t ready to fly.

Kudos to the driver who managed to see a little goose. Thanks for stopping. And God bless you for your extreme patience.  We waited. We sat and watched.

Then mama goose gave a big wild honk and kind of flapped her wings. I don’t know if it was a maternal freak-out or a very timely lesson, but suddenly the little guy kind of lifted his nub-wings and hopped and somehow crested the curb to join his family. 

Traffic got moving.  And I imagine those other drivers were grinning from ear to ear. And perhaps swallowing a wee lump in the throat.

I wonder if any of them wished they had a camera in their head?

Would you get one? If the technology existed?

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  • 1. Meg  |  May 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Tough question…the older I get the more I like my memory vs. tangible things to trigger the memory, including pictures. We have this goose thing around here quite often. Canadian geese are a bit of a menace, mostly their poop. But we all still stop when they cross the street. The other day I stepped out to let my dog out. It was 5am and still dark. I looked to the left and right on behalf of the dog crossing the street (to the poop lot, still unsold by the way) and there to my right were 4 large deer crossing the street. They looked like black shadows…it was cool and I wished I could take a picture to show my kids, but I couldn’t. So, maybe I need a camera in my head for short-term use only, like I use my cell phone camera…but for long-term, I think I could live with just the memory or vision…
    Thanks for asking.


  • 2. WritingbyEar  |  May 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hmmmm….would it be unsightly? How would I download the images to share them? What if I accidentally took a picture I didn’t want — (as in, “Oh God now that [image I wish I’d never seen] is burned into my brain for all time…”) Could I delete it later? Would there be a flash? I guess I have to know more about the technology before I can decide ;-)

    But I love it when the world stops for nature.


    • 3. ruth  |  May 7, 2010 at 12:34 am

      I’ll wheel you to the hospital for your camera implant!

      When I was younger, I would force myself to “remember” (take a mental photo) of certain things that I felt were important. I still have some of those “photos” that pop up and make me smile.

      So I want “‘automatic” shots to be taken, but I certainly agree that one would need a delete button for some images!!!!


      • 4. boatdrinkbaby  |  May 7, 2010 at 1:01 am

        Ruth and Chris
        I envision that the wiring would be connectable to a computer by a USB port (or by then, wireless or perhaps psychokinesis), so downloading–and editing! oh yes!–would happen similar to current digital cams. As for unsightly, I would expect that, for this to be physically do-able, the equipment would be very small, but I’ll also expect bangs will become very popular around the same time. :)


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