“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
After another 52-hour work week I was dourly driving home last Saturday afternoon when a miracle happened at the right time. I was turning left on Rinehart road unto the 417 highway when I suddenly couldn’t believe my eyes. I recorded it on an Instagram story and it is worth sharing it here:
Luckily I carry my semi-professional camera everywhere I go. As soon as I saw that wild flower reserve in a kind of half-golden-hour afternoon, my heart stopped and I hit the brakes. Home could wait a little longer.
Everyone loves a good story. I certainly do, and I make every effort to entertain myself and the ones around me with good stories that make us feel good, ponder about life and be better in our endeavors. But words can do so much. As a famous photographer said, “photography is the story I fail to put into words”— Destin Sparks. So that’s why I’ve been in love with photography for as long as I can remember. Photography is just a hobby for me, and maybe it can be something else in the future if I get increasingly serious in this field.
So, what is behind the art of photography? “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”— Elliott Erwitt
That is true about an ordinary corner in a highly transited highway. How many people park roadside to roam in the midst of a protected wild flower reserve, being careful and avoiding to step on the delicate plants, dodging ant houses as you walk, be mindful of snakes and, possibly, a ticket from law enforcement?
I agree in that photography has little to do with what we see, but a whole lot with how we see it. My sudden excitement about this spot led me to try some nature photography for the first time.
As I posted my little after-work adventure on Instagram, some people messaged me asking questions. I have a bit more than 20K followers on the social media channel, and a lady approached me with this DM: “Where is this David? It reminds me of wildflowers when we lived in Texas (insert yellow heart emoji here). Thanks for the spring vid!”
Some others also DMed me. So I replied on my Instagram story this:
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”— Marc Riboud
On Instagram we can find many photographers who share their passion for photography and the things they care about. And for me, it is truly a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
See you in your next Instagram post.