The Amish believe photographs can capture their souls and refuse to have graven images of themselves.
That may seem outlandish on the surface.
But it's a little easier to understand after pouring over turn-of-the-century photos of my immigrant grandparents with their young brood. And snapshots of friends and family from 20 years ago.
There, frozen in time are the flashings of people -- and the trappings of their time.
And while the pictures didn't trap their souls--perhaps they preserved the next best thing.