Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Beauty in Banality


A cyclist passes, a car speeds quietly by, a light spikes out into the gathering dusk and a photographer thinks a puddle of dirty water in the gutter is worthy of his attention...

Capturing movement in a still image is somewhat of a paradox, isn't it? How many clues tell us that things were moving at the time this shot was taken? The blurred bicycle and car of course. But also the darkening sky tells us of the passing of the day, and the puddle reflects echoes of an earlier shower. And the very fact that the millisecond after I pressed the shutter release this picture was history. The past. Gone. Never to be repeated. That moment, like all others, an infinitesimally small slice of life, a person, a bike, a car, a puddle, a light, a photographer, an idea and a click.
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2 comments:

LadyM said...

yes and this moment is called (the) present and this is what i love photography, you try to catch a glimpse of a second and there it is.
i am curious and genuinely interested in seeing the pic before and after you had fun with your painting software, or maybe you want to keep you secret, secret!
thanks for sharing and for your beauties.
bye for now.

Paris Set Me Free said...

Ah hahh!! You want my secrets, huh? Welllll, I could tell you... but then I'd have to kill you. The choice is yours ;-)

But seriously, I try to make the picture more 'punchy' and sometimes move it towards a painting, but most of the time I try not to 'cheat' or use effects that are too obvious because when the special effect becomes more interesting than the original picture I think you've lost the point of taking the shot in the first place.

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