OBserved No. 7

by on November 13, 2015 · 5 comments

in Culture, Life Events, Media, Ocean Beach

Terry Ratner No 7 01

Traveling Man (All photos by Terry Ratner)

By Terry Ratner

Photos as memory has a menacing side. Our own appearances and faces are now stored and saved in hundreds, thousands, of photographs: pictures made by ourselves or made by others.

Terry Ratner No 7 02


Our faces are becoming not only unforgettable, but inescapable.

Terry Ratner No 7 03

Painted People

Photography is at the nerve center of our paradoxical memorial impulses.

Terry Ratner No 7 04

The Bird

We need it there for how it helps us frame our losses, but we can also sense it crowding in on ongoing experience, imposing closure on what should still be open.

Terry Ratner No 7 05

Fly But Promise You’ll Never Let Me Go

Farewell OBceans, until we meet again . . . .

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Fred Dobbs November 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Wait. This sounds like OBserved is going away. I sure hope not. This was a great group of pictures and I hope The Rag keeps them coming.


Debbie November 14, 2015 at 12:22 am

Like em….thanks!


Kevin J November 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm

There is no way the Rag is quitting the Observed pics. I dig ’em.


Frank Gormlie November 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

We at the Rag dig’em too, but at this point, they’ve been nice icing on the cake – and it’s tough for us to be able to cook the cake. Our readers need to help support this online newspaper, as well as like our content, and folks who dig Terry’s pics need to step up – then and help us cook the cake so we can have icing. (There’s a PayPal donate button on our home page.)


Debbie January 26, 2016 at 9:38 am


Miss your photo series…..will there be anymore?


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