Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
– Steven Wright
Adding to this, I’d say that one’s memory deteriorates with age, due to over-exposure!
Sometimes the film gets stuck and you can’t rewind the spool to access the photos.
And we all know how photos fade over time. Just look at some of your grandparents, in blurry faded sepia prints.
Joking aside, I did know someone once with a photographic memory, at school. She could simply read through her notes the night before an exam, and then be able to recall each page to re-read it in her head and answer her exam papers.
I was so jealous!
My short term memory has always been bad. (Someone told me this was because I had filled it up as a kid . . . ?) For me to remember anything, it has to go into my long term memory. This takes time and a lot of effort. I’d have to swot for exams for many weeks/months beforehand.
However, it does mean that I can still recall odd bits that I learnt years ago. For example, one time I was home sick in bed with acute tonsillitis, but exams were looming, so I had my books out all over my bed, swotting away.
I did not like Biology, as it was pure parrot-fashion learning and regurgitating. I preferred Chemistry and Physics, which were more Maths based and therefore even if you learnt everything by heart, you still had to figure out the puzzle of the science; and I love puzzles!
Well, there I was, lying sick in bed, aged 13, with my soul-destroying Biology book open before me, committing useless facts to memory. And you know what? I can still quote you the line I was forcing into my unwilling brain, all those years ago.
Locomotion occurs when energy is provided by the breakdown of glucose during cell respiration.
I guess some things are burned so deep into the film that they have penetrated to the camera case!!