There are times in your life, when you click the shutter and you realize you have something special.
With the digital camera, I don’t stop and look at what I took, rather, I treat it more like film and take the images and then later upload them all and sort through. A really rare and special moment with taking images is when the shutter click and you are blinded for a moment to the action the camera is actually taking. The other day at MOMA, I had such a moment. I was trying to frame an image of the four monk sculptures and there was a couple taking a selfie on the bridge. As I waited, he took her and kissed her. Call it instinct, call it just a knowing, but for someone that takes one image at a time, I blasted out three frames.
The couple saw that I took the image and I blurted out, “can I have your email, I think that is probably will be the best image of the day.”
Fast forward to some trade shows, too much work and when I got the email from the young woman in the image, I uploaded the images and when I got to the sequence, I initially was upset with the guy in the left corner, who was doing his best impression of hiding. What I find odd is I can walk around with a camera phone and take images and no one will blink and eye, but any actual camera, will have people freak out, even if I am not pointing it at them. But upon looking a the photo again…a story of love came in my mind, where we see a woman that waited for a man to make a decision, left and found a new love…the old man looked upon them and in sadness holds his head in his hand.
I have no idea what the actual story is. What I do love is the image itself. It just makes me happy to take images and I hope the woman appreciates the simple image. I love it. And there are few images I take that I can say that about. Lots of pretty or nice, but few that make me go, “that is cool!” But I confess, I did what I say I never would, I edited out a woman’s hand in the lower left corner. So while I discounted this photo to unusable, I have the amazing memory of taking the image in my mind. Hopefully the woman makes a print for herself and her partner and they enjoy it as well.
Have some coffee on me. We figured out the issue with the computer, my dad gave me the wrong passwords for his email. Mystery solved. Now the guy that resisted change is camped out playing with the new computer. Irony.