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17 September 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 466th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Always Remember Why You Began.

This two-minute video directed by Nikolas Meyberg and photographed by Jann Doeppert shows a Formula One race car driver in the race of his life interspersed with scenes from his childhood and youth.

The early scenes depict his fascination with cars and racing. The adult scenes show the tension of his commitment to the profession. It's a familiar story.

But by using flashbacks to tell us what lies at the root of that commitment, the film argues for the purity of his ambition to win the race, to be the best. And that too is something not at all unfamiliar.

Alas, most childhood dreams dissolve before childhood ends.

The urge to be a fireman or a doctor or a teacher or an airplane pilot are replaced with opportunities that are more at hand.

But sometimes (and we suspect photographers are among this group) dreams do come true.

When they do, though, they can be hard to live out in days of the week and weeks of the month and months of the year. Dreams are made for eyes that are shut, not eyes that, wide open, see the costs.

So the advice in the title rings clear and true. Remember why you got into this. And you'll continue to enjoy it.

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