“Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.”
- From Nothing But Lyrics by John Kay
I am a firm believer of the above-mentioned saying and it is something I always remind myself of when I visit a place. The saying captures the very essence of respect that travelers should practice—to leave a place in the same form as it is when we arrived. The saying has also influenced my dislike for souvenirs—rocks, shells and even food. The only souvenirs I take from my travels are pictures and my memories. This is the reason why I treasure my photos a lot and why I am very sensitive when others don’t ask my permission prior to using them. I just don’t take pictures for the sake of being able to say I have been to a place. To me, they are the embodiment of a memory and a reminder of what it means to be in that place.
This post is my entry to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Treasure.