I was out walking around the other day and I passed by a local museum. I’ve seen the local museum quite a bit but they had a sign saying free Expo free admission. I went inside and they were showing a lot of local photographers a lot of local work done by a lot of local photographers.
I watched this interesting episode of the Twilight Zone the other night. It was one where they found this camera and the camera could take a picture of what would happen in about 10 minutes.
It would show the picture, would show the future about 10 minutes out. So naturally the characters took the camera to the racetrack where they would take a picture of the winning board and they would bet on the winners and they would win money.
Every morning I go for a walk. When I leave it’s dark and when I come back it’s light. On the way back I pass through this park just before sunrise. For the past three or four months I’ve seen this woman sitting there.
She has a camera and she has an easel and the camera’s on a tripod and she just is kind of sitting there with the camera. She’s paying most of the attention to the easel and so I always wondered exactly what she’s doing.
I was at this party the other night. I went there because a friend of a friend invited me and I think this friend of a friend thought that I was a friend of a different friend. He invited me.
I didn’t really know anybody at this party and so I was kind of walking around just mingling with people. I ended up talking to these two women and they invited me back to their place, although I wasn’t sure if it was their place or maybe if it belonged to one of them and the other one was her friend.
They told me that in their house they have a lot of paintings. Once we got there they explained why they had all these paintings. It turns out that their cousin is the great-granddaughter of some famous painter or some painter that was about to be a famous painter.
Then there were some type of scandal and nobody wanted anything to do with him but he continued to paint. He just couldn’t sell any of his work. So they just keep all of his paintings in his house and they ended up with the paintings in this house. The painting were very high quality. I was kind of wandering around looking at all the various paintings.
There was one of a woman that was absolutely gorgeous. I stood and I started just a kind of looking at this gorgeous woman in the painting and she started to explain her background and where she came from and why she was trapped in the painting and what had happened her when she was very young.
She started to tell me the story of their history and source of the conflict that led to the scandal and then she started to talk to me about the future and how the future is never quite what you think it’s going to be and how we all have a memory of a past which is never quite what we remember the past to be and we all have an idea about what the current events mean that are happening all around us. None of those meanings we place on those events are ever very usually accurate.
I stopped and I wasn’t quite sure what was coming next and then she looked at me and said are you sure you know what’s going on right now? Are you sure you understand who’s doing the talking and who’s doing the listening?
What Are You Doing?
Finally I got up the nerve to ask her what she was doing and she told me that she was taking a picture of the hillside and she needed to take a picture of the hillside when the sun was about halfway past the horizon.
The sunrise happens on a different time each day. She wants to get to the park early enough so she can take a lot of pictures as the sun rises and that she goes home and picks the best one. What happens is when the sun is halfway past the horizon it has a very interesting effect on the hillside that’s next to this park.
The plants in the hillside that are next to this park normally look green but when the sun is halfway past the horizon it has a very interesting color effect. What she is doing is she’s creating a very long time lapse one year video of what this hillside looks with the sun halfway past the horizon on every different day of the year.
She showed me what she had so far and it was absolutely mesmerizing. She said wait until you see when this is finished. When all of this is put together and you see the sum total of all of this together it will have a profound impact on you.
Of course, every movie that has to do with somebody finding a easy way to get money usually ends with everybody dying. It seems like the hidden message of every easy money movie is that money is bad, money leads to greed, greed leads to death. In this episode of the Twilight Zone was no different.
The way it ended was particularly cool in Twilight Zone fashion because there was already one person that had died and there was only one picture left in the camera. They were struggling over who got the last picture and they accidentally took the picture and they took a picture of a window.
When the picture came out it showed that somebody had just fallen out of the window and one of the guys rushed forward to see who had fallen out the window but he tripped and he fell out the window.
After wandering around inside the photo exhibit I was very impressed with what I saw, one in particular caught my eye. I don’t know what it was about. The picture was just a regular picture of people walking on a regular street.
It didn’t have a title. It didn’t have an explanation. It was just a photo of a normal everyday event, but something about it made me want to just stand there and pay attention to see if there was something more here. To see if there was something that I wasn’t quite able to understand yet.
Looking For Treasure
The photographer, the woman that took the picture, came up and asked me what I thought. I said I don’t know but it’s something about this is very compelling. She said that’s what I like to hear when I take pictures. Most people when they wander around outside there surrounded by this infinitely unfolding events all around the bit nervous really notice.
When it comes time to take a picture, the goal is to go out and try to find one of these events and freeze it in time and hang it on a wall so people can look at it and be impressed. Be compelled be moved by whatever is happening by one of these slices of events that is happening all around us at all times.
I asked her how do you know when to take such a picture? She said that’s an interesting question, one that no photographer will have a clear answer to and every photographer will have a different answer to. What I like to think is when I go out looking for pictures to take I feel like I’m hunting for treasure. It’s almost like I’m a little kid again.
Slices Of Eternity
I want to look around at the stuff that is happening everywhere, that nobody seems to notice, and find all of the treasure that is hidden there in plain sight. Freeze it in time bring it back here hanging on the wall so everybody can look at it and be astounded at one of the infinitesimally small slices of everything that is always unfolding.
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