This morning as the sun finally broke out over the top of the nearby mountains and the orange/yellow light danced in the top of the snow covered trees. I wondered how one could capture that beauty in a picture. I have been thinking quite a bit about pictures since I returned from my visit to Texas. While I was down there, and like on the previous visits, I went through all the old photo albums that pretty much cover everything from my wedding to all the important and not so important occasions that occurred during my families early life.
Over the years even when I was in high school taking pictures for my year book and school paper, but lately more so, I am wondering WHY do we take pictures. It was easy back in my school days, I wanted to capture that ‘moment’ in time. The very second when a running back reaches out in front of him and with just the merest touch of his fingers manages to catch an uncatchable football. Or the second a runner crosses the finish line with his expression of joy and exhaustion.
In my middle years both my wife Terry and I could be seen with a camera in our hands at any function our children participated in, recording that moment. Finally last month when I visited my son and his children I was given a camera to use, one that my son was reviewing for some article, and I shot pictures every day I was there. At the same time watching my son almost doing the same thing, and again wondering why?
I guess the easy answer is…..for future generations to remember that moment, but we never consider what is the cost of that picture? I know when we were shooting our Alaskan adventure DVD series, there were times I had to force myself to step out of the experience and become a camera man. I know for sure my son who shot the entire 5 months of adventures lost quite a bit of that Alaskan experience. For I do not think one can be a recorder of events and fully be a part of it at the same time. At the very least it will diminish the personal experience of the sense of place.
This posting is listed under the category ‘Area 51′ because it has no reason for existence, other than my mind wondering the why of something. I have seen many great photographs on WordPress blogs taken by ordinary average people, but there are some that do indeed make one pause, even if for only a second and absorb what that picture is saying. I haven’t had a new camera in decades and most of the pictures I have taken in Alaska have simply been to visually demonstrate something I am writing about. With this new camera I have promised myself to go out be young again and try and see the world for the first time.
And you my reader will be the judge
weather I can recapture that eye of a young man that was lost so many years ago.