Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Absolut Vodka Bus Stop Decor in Chicago

Absolut Vodka Bus Stop in Chicago

One of the joys of photography is capturing a slice of time.

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.–Henri Cartier-Bresson 

Here’s my memory of this photo.  It was a frigid night in Chicago several winters ago, when my son and I stood on a street, our cameras poised, waiting for just the right shot.  He was teaching me about motion blur.  I was a willing student, but couldn’t wait to get out of the cold!  Our patience was rewarded when we captured a man running past this bus stop.

I love photography for another reason:  it fuses both my personal recollection of what I was doing at the moment I took the shot, as well as the memory of the subject hurrying home on this cold winter night.  Is this true for you too?  Does photography join in time both your personal memory of what you were doing at the moment you took the shot as well as the contents of the photo?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here are some wonderful posts on this same topic:

  1. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/weekly-photo-challenge-fleeting/
  2. http://mothergrogan.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/weekly-photo-challenge-fleeting/
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  1. I have a love/hate relationship with photos. I haven’t yet learned how to capture a moment without sacrificing the living of it in the process trying to manipulate it and myself for the best shot. It’s possible that I live the moment more fully when I look at the photo afterward than I did at the time I was too intent on getting the photo to fully experience it.

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    • It is a contradiction…that you’re a part of the moment, and still an observer of it. You are trying to capture reality and at the same time, you manipulate reality to get the effect you want in the shot. Very well put.

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