Enlarging a Moment

November 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

ENLARGING A MOMENT

Regarding those captured photographs when one uses a camera for the first time; I wonder if is not done in the hope of keeping that 'visual moment' alive and retrievable. In other words is it actually an effort to ‘enlarge’ a momentary experience of high interest beyond a present time?

I suspect that many of these first captures are of family or friends overtly expressing themselves. This was true for me as I was making my first photograph featuring two younger sisters playing with (you guessed it) an active litter of puppies! You know I still have that photograph, now decades old, and remember everything I saw and felt in that captured moment. Why? It was simply a moment that had a flurry of happiness needing to be retrievable. Though 'enlarging that moment' was not consciously in my mind when I released the shutter, I do believe it was the main reason.

Okay...that was then, how about now? How does the motivation of enlarging the moment affect my ongoing body of work?  Here are the questions:

First, what is it about a subject that draws my momentary interest? If it doesn't then why in the world would I want to enlarge that story (or lack thereof) any further?

Does the subject actually have any distinguishing features that change or vary moment to moment? However, it is good to know that when a changing pattern of light is at play then any subject, animate or inanimate, has, at least, the possibility of momentary significance.

Then again, do I really want to make this a moment that is retrievable for me or anyone even though the photograph can be made to be technically competent? Most importantly, is there a quality that prompts a significant energetic response from a potential viewer including the photographer?

And, as I consider my past, current, and future body of work, which I desire to name as photographic fine art, could the concept of 'moment enlargement' be used as at least one test to distinguish a photograph of merit?

So now the question becomes; how courageous can I be using this concept to cull a much too large set of photograph files? Or, at least not putting new 'bland' moments in the file!

One thing for sure...I am keeping the sisters and puppies pic!

 


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