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Pioneering Over Four Epochs

AuthorRon Price
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Pioneering Over Four Epochs
Subtitle of item
Sections X.I Photographs and XI Memorabilia
Sections X.1 and XI
Parent publication   Pioneering Over Four Epochs: An Autobiographical Study and a Study in Autobiography
Date of this edition 2005
Permission public domain
Posted 2005-02-22 by Ron Price
Classified in Essays and poetry by Ron Price
Abstract I have added some photographs going as far back as 1908 and a brief literary-historical sketch of my family history going back my great-great grandparents' lives in the 1830s and 1840s, the beginning of Babi-Baha'i history.
Notes I now possess a dozen albums of photographs. Photographs can represent a significant aspect of an autobiography or memoir. The essays and prose-poems in this document here try to put all these photographs in perspective. The photographs themselves are kept in my study, in hard-copy and in my computer for future reference if required. The photographs serve as a pictorial backdrop which both reveals and conceals.

This visual backdrop also heightens the expression of my life, my family's and that of the Baha'i community I have been a part of for nearly sixty years. These photographs paralyze (1) by their facticity and the absense of fact or (2) by what might be called the physicality of reality. In my writing I try to get behind and beneath this surface physicality. The memorabilia, of course, which will survive me and be of any relevance to the ongoing history of the Baha'i Faith I would tend to think are not relevant, although only time will tell down the future's mysterious track. No photographs or memorabilia are included here.

Given the importance to us on earth of these two physical forms, I have tried to place them in a long term perspective, a longue duree, as one school of historians calls the long haul.

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