Two seconds five years ago.

Visitors at the Sheesh Mahal, the Palace of Mirrors, in the Amer fort of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on December 30 2016.

At 12:19:42.

At 12:19:47.

Two frames separated by five seconds, two memories separated from today by over five years. Two moments in time recorded by the camera through me, two seconds saved out of the six that came our way. Two out of six out of infinite.

Two seconds that multiply in the mirrors of the Sheesh Mahal and become too many. Two priceless specks of dust among my digital photographs: can’t be touched, can’t be wiped, but here still.

February 27, 2022