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Partly reasons are that the light hasn't been great, that my photos shelf is full, that beloved Pingu Cam has the same uneven wind-on problem that got me a 10 minute lecture from the manager of Snappy Snaps but cameras (all of them) have gone aside recently. Even the half-finished B&W disposable in the bottom of my bag is staying that way; half-finished, disposable.

Which means that I'm missing the moments. Still seeing them (green paint flecked scaffolding against a terminal blue sky, pink light on yellow leaves spattered with brown) but instead of being pressed they're escaping, moments I saw but set free. Feels strangely liberating, like letting water run out of your hands, let it go, let it flow.

Other people are still subdividing their experiences into a series of flat rectangular frames, however, and that still makes me glad. I like to hear about those odd moments when the world spun around an image and you saw a foetus riding a bicycle or a dinosaur over the rainbow? Street photography, everyday_people, or just time.

Reduction.

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applez
22nd Oct, 2003 10:39 (UTC)
Very cool!
I've seeing a lot of little things here and there that I really think I should be photographing.

Everything from sheep eating away the side of a reservoir right in the city; to neat 'dust art' in windows; to fun comments on the back of bus seats.

I now have a place to send entries, if I'm so inclined. :-)

applez
22nd Oct, 2003 10:42 (UTC)
The other fun thing about everyday pics is...
Figuring out where the pictures are taken, based upon random information in the photo.

In 'everyday people', for example the kid on public transit was very likely Canadian ... since 'Roots' is a dead giveaway. ;-)

Fascinating what one can figure out with unintended extraneous information.
cleanskies
22nd Oct, 2003 16:22 (UTC)
the joy of telling stories about strangers
never to be underestimated :)

personally I'm too reticent to photograph strangers -- except for the occasional shot from the hip
applez
23rd Oct, 2003 17:19 (UTC)
Re: the joy of telling stories about strangers
You and me both. :-) But what is perhaps more surprising is how rare people react negatively, or violently - which is what I would generally expect.
greengolux
22nd Oct, 2003 12:51 (UTC)
Which means that I'm missing the moments. Still seeing them (green paint flecked scaffolding against a terminal blue sky, pink light on yellow leaves spattered with brown) but instead of being pressed they're escaping, moments I saw but set free.

I know exactly what you mean about these type of moments, and about the way you just have to watch as they slip through your fingers.

Personally, I don't find that photography captures them for me. Maybe it's because I'm not very good at photography, but I think it's something to do with the actual moment and the experiencing of it. A photo just doesn't bring that experience back for me, never has.

When I'm experiencing these moments I do get the urge to capture them somehow, eat them, devour them, wrap myself up in them. I don't know how you're supposed to eat the shape of autumn leaves or the colour of bricks during a summer rainstorm, but that's what I want to do. I've never found a way to capture these moments in any sense though. Now I just try to concentrate on enjoying them while I've got them and make do with that, and with knowing there'll always be more.
applez
22nd Oct, 2003 14:43 (UTC)
Yeah
Precisely why I have so few pictures of my best memories. :-)

One can live it, or try to capture it...and photocapture will never be quite right.
cleanskies
22nd Oct, 2003 16:30 (UTC)
don't find that photography captures them
... is yes is mostly true; when I photograph I'm aiming to catch something a bit different -- something outside my experience but accessible to the camera's power to stop the moment. There are things I never photograph (sunsets the most obvious example) because they are things that belong in time. But then there are things to photograph -- things which have the potential to become a severed moment.

and then there are things which are just a cluster of associations designed to recall that moment. Would I remember them as well if I had not made the photograph/collage/sketch/haiku?
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