BACK IN TIME AND IN THE PRESENT | JULIAN JOURNALS
It’s no secret that I am a huge geek about the Back to the Future trilogy. But can you believe that I actually saw the second movie first—about 27 times or more, before seeing the first? It’s got a lot to do with my age (I was only 1.5 years old when the first movie came out) and when I was old enough to appreciate movies, the second one was on repeat…everywhere. When I finally watched the best one out of the trilogy, while totally convinced that nothing can be better than BTTF 2 (silly 8-year old me), I was amazed, hooked, and well, even more obsessed. Yes, I know every line, score at least a hundred in every Back to the Future trivia I’ve ever taken—you know, just the typical super nerdery you’d expect. So what was it about the movie that appealed to me, you may ask? Besides it being the best action adventure sci-fi teen movie of all time, plus Huey Lewis and a movie score that gives me goose bumps each time I hear it, and the philosophies of accomplishing anything you put your mind to and that our future isn’t written yet so we should make it a good one (ahhh so good!)—yeah so all of that and then some…
Then I had an epiphany. It struck me as I wrote my “about me” page for my photography website. Back to the Future was on TV so I went on a long tangent about loving movies, ultimately a copy that got slashed early on in my editing process. But just as Marty reached 88 MPH, leaving two fiery trails ( I kid you not, it happened this way) I made a connection. It was hard for me to talk about exactly what I loved most about what I do. Everyone claims to love photography. I wanted to be more explicit, which was difficult. So with a little bit of help from my favorite movie—light bulb! I am all about being present. Present when something momentous happens, like a wedding—the very day two families combine. I absolutely love going back into the past through home videos or pictures. What I love even more is being the person responsible for preserving the moments and then sharing them with the people who made them in the first place. No wonder I loved the movie so much! It featured the ultimate way of being present. Marty was present. He witnessed the moment his parents fell in love. I don’t have a mentor/friend like Doc Brown or the capacity to create my own flux capacitor but I have my own way of providing something like what Marty McFly was inadvertently blessed with. I can record someone’s parents’ first kiss as husband and wife. Since time travel hasn’t been invented yet, I’ll continue to hope for it, barring any type of space-time continuum catastrophe. And in the meantime, I’ll happily continue preserving memories, allowing my couples’ future children to be present.
I figured there’s no better way to commemorate Back to the Future Day than sharing some photos of our own little Marty McFly, playing with his little sports car.