Not long before his untimely death in 1973, at the age of 30, singer-songwriter Jim Croce released the ballad, “Time in a Bottle.”
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
Time does pass so rapidly.
Think back only a few years and it’s startling how much has changed. Life’s milestones, like a flowing riving, rush onward: births, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and passings. Think back a few decades, or even more, and the world is fresh – both for better and worse.
What never changes, however, are the emotions and dear memories that a family or individual portrait evoke. There hanging on the wall, or in an album, we can transport ourselves back to an earlier time, surrounded by the loved ones, setting, and even the smells and feel of the room where the photos were taken.
Time in a Bottle Photography is dedicated to preserving today for all of your tomorrows, and not only yours, but also those who you hope will remember you with great affection.
A photo is worth more than one thousand words. It is priceless when it captures time in a bottle.
Devorah and Hersh Rotbart, the parents of my grandfather Max, perished in the Holocaust when he was only 16 years old. No physical evidence of their earthly existence remained, except for this photographic portrait, which was lost for nearly 30 years.
Only in the mid 1970s, after decades of searching, did my grandfather Max locate this singular photo of his parents in the possession of distant relatives living in Russia. Originally shot and printed in black-and-white, our family colorized the portrait in 2017.
My grandfather passed away in 1982, long before I was born, but this portrait, which hangs prominently on living room wall, connects me emotionally with my grandfather and my great-grandparents.
What will your family photographic portrait mean to future generations?
A beautiful, professionally crafted and framed portrait quickly become a priceless family heirloom.
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