A few weeks ago I made a post about the difference between a photographers perception of his/her images and the perceptions of a third party. Why is it that we don't always see the same thing and why is it that as photographers, we sometimes don't see great images until going through them later? Maybe it's because in the heat of the moment, when we're rattling off frame after frame we don't even realize when something spectacular has occurred. After writing The Photographer's Riddle I received an email about this post from Herm Card. Herm is an educator, writer and photographer living and working in Syracuse, NY. Herm and I are related in some way through marriage. Although it doesn't really matter, he is the cousin of my wife's mother. We had the opportunity to talk about photography a few weeks ago around Thanksgiving in upstate New York.
Herm, sent me this photo to illustrate a point I made about not seeing photos the same way every time.
Herm was shooting some test shots during this game to get prepared for the game to follow, which was what he was actually there to shoot. He says that he didn't even know he had it until the next day when he was going through all the images from both games. He goes on to say "Not only was I really affected by the photo and the emotional sense of the moment, but it gave me material for my newspaper column." You can read the newspaper column HERE, which gives a great description of the photograph and makes an analogy to the educational experience. I highly recommend taking the time to read it.
This photo and Herm's experience illustrates my point about seeing one's own photo from a different perspective. In this case, Herm didn't even know he had the photo. It wasn't until editing later that he discovered this gem. It's an emotional photo. The experience of victory and defeat captured simultaneously.
I wonder, how would Herm have perceived this photo if he had known immediately that he had it? Would he have been more engaged in the experience and the moment the shutter was released? Would he have looked over it in the same way. To me, it doesn't matter because I look at this photo as an outside viewer and immediately see an image that is successful. This one frame tells a story. It's the story of two teams. One celebrating the joy of victory, the other coping with defeat. In Herm's column he talks about how we (media types) often focus on failures and statistics rather than success. I like this photo because it doesn't just show failure. It shows the entire experience of two teams. It's emotional, well composed and tells a story.
Thank you Herm for sending this over!