Thief of time

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December 6th, 2013 – 12:50 AM

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

There is always a momentary secret thrill for a photographer, while light is streaming past an upraised mirror, just then while an image is fixing itself on silver or writing itself into the future in ones and zeros, just then we thrill at being thieves of time. We cheat the inexorable advance of time, we capture a moment, we preserve a transitional passage of light and physical objects within an ever shifting matrix of time, and by god we are sure, even if just for a moment that “this one is good” even though the evidence of thousands of previous images have proven the unlikelyhood of that being the case. I keep shooting and hoping and thrilling because it keeps me in the moment, and every so often it produces something others find worthwhile to share.

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
– Emile Zola (1840-1902)