Through My Lens
Capturing Moments in Time – You Just Shoulda Been There!
“Well…. you just shoulda been there!”
How many times have you tried to describe a particularly funny or WOW! moment, only to have the listener stare at you with a “deer-in-the-headlights” look, because they simply cannot grasp and mentally imagine what you are describing with mere words? In exasperation, I ultimately give up and say, “Well…you just shoulda been there….it was really cool!” (friend shrugs shoulders and walks away questioning my sanity and convinced of my lie telling capabilities….)
Photography captures moments in time that otherwise might not be remembered or adequately described. How much easier is it to show someone a photo, and then tell the story that goes with it? (friend looks at photo, face lights up, and friend listens!)
Example 1….Take my little deer friend below. So I’m telling my friend about this adorable little mule deer whose photo I took from above, and that I didn’t realize until I developed the photo that I captured her just at the exact moment she licked her nose, and how awesome that turned out (‘cuz I thought it was cool), and my friend is going …..yeah…big deal…so? But I can show them the photo and it evokes the “AWWWWWWWWWW!” emotional response ….which of course was what I was shooting for in my storytelling, but was obviously unsuccessful!
You gotta admit, she’s pretty cute…
Or, Example 2….the little fart who snuck up behind me as I was filling the bird feeder one morning, and after watching me hoist the feeder back up in the tree (via an elaborate pulley system designed by my husband to keep the feeder out of the reach of bears), shimmied lickity-split up the tree, ripped it from its mooring, shimmied back down the tree, and after spilling the contents all over our patio, proceeded to have a wonderful al fresco breakfast….at the expense of the hungry nuthatches and chickadees anxiously watching from nearby. While the bear story is interesting to the listener, the photo captures the moment of the thief in action and vividly retains it in my memory and tells the story all on its own. (plus proves it really happened!)
Besides being involved in a unique trade useful as a venue for artistic expression, to me, photography is also about capturing moments to share with others. So much better than saying “Well…you just shoulda been there!”
Now when I grow old and senile (not there yet), I can look back over my photos, and instead of boring my poor grandchildren and friends in the nursing home with stories ….I can just whip out that wonderful captured moment, sit back and smile, and wait for them to ask me questions about the adventures! Let the story telling begin!