PPP Challenge: Past or Present & Poll

Walking with Frizztext in the perplexing perspective of PPP challenge

Call me picky but I am particular about the proper use of the past tense and abhor the playful but pernicious practice of bringing the past alive by putting it in the present tense. Psychotherapists employ this methodology but what of photographers? How do we present the petrified moment?
Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThis week’s picture post is in portrait format and portrays a posterior view of a passer-by – but from which perspective of tense and aspect do we particularize her actions?

Take the poll, and probably the pedestrian with the plait will be permanently captioned in the present, like the transcendental portions of Eliot’s poem:

“Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point…

Postscript: My photo annotations are sometimes in the present tense as with: Photobomber whilst the next post was put in the past: Canade we salute you


12 thoughts on “PPP Challenge: Past or Present & Poll

  1. Pingback: please fix me in the past | Flickr Comments

  2. no doubt it is very annoying but I would leave she out altogether … ‘pointing towards Picadilly, promenading down Air street’ and allow the viewer to step right into the scene πŸ™‚ (is that all my training as a psychologist?)

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