Beauty exists everywhere, even if you can’t fully recognize it in the moment.
When I took this photo through the windshield of a car traveling 100 km/h along the TransCanada highway, I had only a vague idea of what I was capturing. I had just left my eye specialist’s office, my pupils were fully dilated, and I was not wearing my contacts. I have exceptionally poor eyesight without corrective lenses—moderately poor with lenses. I really and truly could not see the road in front of me.
I was compelled to take this photo because I could kind-of-sort-of sense something amazing. It was a spooky feeling—probably induced by the eerie contrast of light and shadows. I reached in my purse, grabbed my point-and-shoot camera, and took a photo so that I would later be able to see the beauty I was sensing. I was not disappointed when I saw it that evening. The vibrant colour of the autumn day, and the way the light was pooling in the deepest part of the landscape was definitely something worth capturing.
I stumbled upon this photo yesterday when I was going through my digital archives looking for a photo to use for The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge. The theme is depth. I think this image qualifies, so I have submitted this post over there.
“…you just prove each time that the most important is not the technique, the lens, etc. You have the eye to interpret beauty and the creativity to transform an image…”
I’m not sure I deserve that kind of praise, but I agree with what she says about it not being the camera or the lens. A big part of photography is being able to “sense” cool stuff going on around you, and doing what you can to capture it to the best of your ability. It’s a big part of the reason I prefer to take photos while I’m alone. I’m better able to “feel” my environment without the distraction of a companion. This photo certainly is not an example of great photography, but I think it’s good enough to demonstrate that it’s really not about the camera, or even what you can see with your eyes. Feel it, and shoot it!