There is a song by Mat Kearney, called – “Learning to Love Again.” The song has been playing on one of my playlists for awhile. The lyrics really speak to me as a photographer, especially in the first verse. “‘Cause that was the real you running through the fields of gold wide open… Standing in places no picture contains.”
I relate to the lyrics, because I have been there – “standing in places no picture contains.” There are several reason why this can occur. Some places do not have the right light. It may be the wrong time. There are places that simply are not photographic [although, very rare]. Sometimes, there is no camera, or the photographer made a mistake. Then, there are those moments. The ones that are perfect [or not so perfect], and no picture can contain them. The emotions and everything associated with being in that moment are not depicted in the picture that is captured [if captured].
Those moments, the ones that are perfect [or not so perfect], often times leave us standing there in awe of them. As photographers, we try to capture these moments as accurately as possible. Yet, I have put the camera down and stood there in some of those moments. There is simply no way a picture is going to do the scene any justice. They are not recorded on anything other than the memory I have in my mind.
Our eyes capture the scene in a way that the camera cannot see. Our emotions are captured in ways that a picture cannot accurately depict them. The song touches on this in such away that I go back to some of those moments. Those factors of: time, preparedness, and simple awe came into play.
Yeah, I wish some of them could be contained in a picture. It does not always happen. “‘Cause that was the real you running through the fields of gold wide open… Standing in places no picture contains.” I have to admit, some of those moments not contained in pictures are the best ones.