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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Capturing the Moment

At least every so many days or weeks, I experience the truth of capturing the moment. This applies to most things in life, but in this instance I am referring to my camera.

I love my camera (as most people who know me well, will attest), I love capturing moments, things, places, people, textures, in fact, whatever piques my interest or curiosity at that given moment. In light of this passion, I often carry my camera or at least, the smaller version, my Sony cybershot, with me, just in case... as you never know when you may come across a beautiful scene, a flower, a building, an interesting person.

This morning, as I was taking my son to school, there was a beautiful scene worthy of being captured, over the Jukskei river, which flows through our suburb. There was a thick veil of mist over the meandering river, so thick, that it disguised the fact that beyond the river, up the embankment, there are a whole lot of homes. The angle of the sun was perfect.... in essence this would have made a perfect picture. Alas, no camera.

Yes there will be another morning where I will get the opportunity to capture the mist over the river..... but in many instances, capturing that moment, as is, never really re-occurs. In effect, a lost opportunity!

The analogy that I have gleaned about the immediacy of taking pictures, is that the same thing applies to life. Don't wait to say what you think, don't wait to share your thoughts and opinions, don't wait to express yourself, or make that call, or send that letter/ email, or to give a hug .... Say what's on your mind, hug, forgive, do what you need to do in the moment, make that phone call, send that email, do that task..... don't wait, because you may not get the opportunity again, ever, or certainly not in a hurry... and the moment will be lost.

Tomorrow, I will have my camera with me, in the hope that I can capture the mist over the river.....

8 comments:

Gena said...

It's now 5 days later... and I have still not managed to capture the scene. I know there will an opportunity in the next weeks/ months ..... just need to keep my eyes peeled AND have my camera with me!!

Jeanneoli said...

Wondeful post!

Gena said...

Thanks soo much Jeanne for your feedback!

Cherry said...

Gena
Somewhere I remember reading ..yes its in your profile that you love writing and inspiring others. I have not read a complete writing of yours before...and this is the first one.

Why I am writing this feedback to you in detail is because I too have an interest in photography,art and writing that inspires and I can feel it when I see or read it.

At this point in time, I don't know whether you are already reputed as a writer or photographer in a small or big community...but still let me tell you that you are a blessed person with so much talent and am so happy to have met you, follow your work and to share my work with you.
I see big chunks of poetic overtone in most of your work...so do you write poetry? May be you should write more Gena....I mean any kind of writing...u do it so well..

Ofcourse in the run of life, we meet and then lose touch with people it... happens...I have also missed many people who were good at writing and art....but what is best about this coming together is the energy that each draws from the other during this period and uses it to move to the next plane.

Best

Roy

Cherry said...

Gena,
This is a simply beautiful post.......i loved it so much...because I was able to relate this to an incident

which happened years back. My home as you know is India, but I was in the USA at Seattle on work.

We had just one day of snow and I was going to work with my friend in our shared car. I had not

learnt driving that time and I was dependent on him. Just before we hit downtown there was such a

beautiful snow scene with so many conifers and houses....like in a movie. I kept telling him I

wanted to go back to get the camera but he did not bother...I felt very sad but then I understood

that he was not of that artistic type who would go to that extent of driving all the way back

just to fetch a camera and take a snap...

Sorry if this comment is posted twice..I faced errors while trying to....

Best

Roy

Gena said...

Hi Roy! You are the type of blog reader I "pray" for ... someone who understands the words and the creative aspects within!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and could relate ... I get you about going back for the camera - I do that, and have done that many times, much to the frustration of others' hehe!!

On writing - I love writing and find at times it just flows (this was a very good example) I do not do poetry - well, I've never tried ... maybe one day. I've always read and written alot ... journals, letters, and also in the corporate environment, so became aware, bout 3 yrs ago, that words, work for me, so to speak. My blogs are my first "official publication", as are the photos .... Some days I am unsure where this is all going and other days I just know that it feels right and I love it! The best is if someone reacts positively to what I've published -then I know that my intent came across, and the effort was worth it.

Always love the effort you put into open, honest and constructive feedback ...
Gena

PS> when you have time, look for "where would we be without music" and "stay FOCUSed"

Cherry said...

You are always welcome Gena. I will be closely following your blog posts. I wish we all got connected to some good writers somewhere who could review our work and get us to different opportunities of higher calibre.

Best

Roy

Gena said...

Well said Roy... I think with a bit of time and research we may find someone/ others' who be happy to mentor ..... here's hoping
Gena

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