Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Prince

Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Prince. On one stage. In 1983. This video is ridic. Straight up ridic. The specialness of this video exists only because it was created in a world before smartphones.

After watching this video, I decided to stop taking general photos of cool things with my smartphone. Cool things like the Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin. Or a photo of me with my Trudy’s margarita martini. Because everybody knows what that shit looks like. And if they don’t, they can google it.

I cherish photos of my parents when they were younger. What will my kids see of me? Will they ever have a moment that feels like looking back into history? Or will they grow up in a timeline of constant, photographic familiarity? Having a sense of history is grounding.

 

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