Sometimes people ask me what I photograph. I can be eclectic at times, everything catches my attention and so many things interest me that I draw ideas from all over. But sometimes, if I’m feeling clever, not very often, I’ll say time!
A photograph is a period of time. It does not have a unit, though it can take fractions of a second or hours to produce. The time to take the picture freezes it into a space of when it was taken. No further amount of time can alter it. Once the shutter has come down that is it. You have photographed time!
As soon as you have taken the photograph you have a copy of the past. It shows how something used to be in one moment of time, every picture is of time frozen as well as what you can see.
The concept becomes clearer when you look at pictures of yourself taken years ago, the longer the time the bigger the differences but it is still you, frozen in a time past. A snapshot of history, solid for all to see. A picture of time!
The picture here relates to time and timing. I had to wait for the cyclist to come into the picture which was focused on the Cycle Network signpost. Waiting is measured in time and timing when to press the shutter made it all possible. My only concern was if the cyclist should go straight on and not turn left. Luckily for me he turned!
We all photograph time though some of us specialise in people time, places time, events time. Whatever it is, it’s all to do with time. Being in the right place at the right time.
National Cycle Network 535
1/500 at f5.6 ISO125 105mm lens