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
I love those creative moments, which come out of the blue. Unexpected and magical, they are doorways into other dimensions. Our senses are heightened. Time collapses and we linger in the moment, which lasts for only a few seconds or minutes, but it feels like hours. There’s a convergence of past and present, reality and imagination, and the ordinary and extraordinary. For this week’s photo challenge, I’d like to share one of those moments.
On a recent visit to New York City to help a sick relative, I had several hours to myself one Saturday night and headed uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was fortunately open late. I wanted to see one of my favorite places in the city–The Temple of Dendur. To my surprise, the museum was crowded, filled with students, tourists, couples, families. But as soon as I entered the Sackler Wing, I was whisked away to a calm and tranquil place. I lingered among the magnificent Egyptian relics created during the reign of Augustus Caesar (15 B.C.).
I walked through the temple, a massive 82 feet long, and joined groups of people pausing to take pictures.
With a little imagination, I could almost believe I was in Ancient Egypt.
In this last photo, three time periods converge: Ancient Egypt, the graffiti inscription by P.S. Gorde from 1820, and the present.
Once again, as I left, I vowed to return to this magical place on my next visit to New York. And now, I’d love to hear from you. What are your special inspirational spots that you return to again and again? What’s magical about these places?
For more information on the temple and the museum collection, click here.