Robert Akeret also describes a common feeling that we have in the here and now that he describes as dislocation in time and history. Elders feel this, but youngsters feel it too. I’m speaking from my personal experience over the last 20 or so years. 

 

Dislocation in time and history sounds serious and like a problem that only a time-traveler ought to have. But it relates to the sense of not knowing where you individually fit in. Whether it’s fitting in to your close family or fitting in to the larger society, we all want to know we are part of something bigger than ourselves. 

 

Living with your photos can help ameliorate this feeling because it situates us within our own historical experience of our lives, as well as within an intergenerational family story.