Every moment passes, rolling on into the the past, as the present unfolds all around us. We don’t remember everything, how could we, our brain would be too full of a lifetimes memories to process much else. However some moments are so memorable, so unusual or beautiful or painful, that they remain etched clearly in our minds. Capturing the essence of such a moment is the art of photography, freezing life’s rolling film into perfect stills, which can be shared with others.
Capturing the feeling, the motion and energy of a moment in time allows us to go back and re-remember each time we look. We might see something we didn’t notice in the original moment, tiny details which bring new meaning or thoughts. Others can share their thoughts and feelings about something they may not have actually witnessed first hand. This to me is the purpose of photography.
These golden splashes are very obvious moments which pass away, falling back into the still water of the loch, leaving only fading ripples to show for their ever having exisited. This however is the perfect symbol for everything in our lives. Each thing we do makes a splash, sometimes a very small one, sometimes very large, but they all pass leaving only receding ripples.
These ripples we make roll through the lives of those around us, and we in turn feel the effects of others splashes. Its good to remember that the ripples pass, and that the waters of our lives can return to stillness. The sense of permanence is an illusion, and if we let it go a little into the splashes and waves, life can become fluid and soothing once more.
These splash shots were the less than perfect ones, where the dogs got in the way, leaping with wild abandon after the stones my husband was throwing. However I like the motion and energy which the dogs bring, and it was all part of the moment to be remembered. Sometimes the messy, less than perfect shots will tell us more about the truth of a moment than the perfectly edited and carefully cropped piece we might like to show others. These golden splashes lasted mere seconds, but their beauty was breathtaking, and will never be repeated in just those shapes and with that light at that angle. A great reminder to live in the present when we can, to be open to the unique beauty which each fresh moment brings together, for just a second!