The magic of photography is the camera’s ability to “stop” time. This quality alone can make the viewing of a photograph deeply nostalgic and often emotional.
Sometimes we get lucky and manage to photograph something that is truly rare, undeniably precious. A fleeting moment manifesting itself at the precise instant the photograph is made. And then it dissolves, sometimes forever.
There are times when a subject is looking directly into your lens but they are miles away. In that fraction of a second their eyes are open but they don’t see you.
They are thinking. Not about where they are. Not about the camera. Not about you.
On these rare occasions the photographer is witnessing a sacred, private moment. The subject has revealed himself or herself to you – willingly.
And you have been offered a precious gift that can last forever.
Silver gelatin print
Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar
Ilford HP5, ISO 400