|What is it that makes a photograph memorable? It's certainly not because of the person taking it or the camera equipment used. It's not always because it was composed or exposed well. I myself have taken many perfectly exposed and composed images that don't strike me as any good. No, it can't be about how the picture was taken; that's only a small part of it. For me, what makes a photograph great is that little something just at the tip of my tongue; a something just out of my reach. I know it's there. I know I almost have it. It is that thing that all pictures have, yet some do it vastly better than others.|
It's the idea that what is in this picture is as it is. It is a truth and a lie. A single moment in time, caught and chained. It is a prisoner to the photographer, forced into his own image and then set on display for all to gander at. It is a moment exposed. But what makes it truly great is when a passerby realizes that that moment will never happen again. It is a once in a lifetime shot. It is when Here and Now meet Preparation and Opportunity. When all things come together perfectly for a single moment, and then they part.
Some people try chasing that moment, but it cannot be caught. It does not even come to you. It is always moving. Just passing through. You can only ever hope to be there when that moment dances through.
For every picture that I take, I ask myself if someone else could have done the same, and the day I say "no" is the day I know that I have captured a true moment in time.