Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Photograph You Wish You'd Taken?


HouseThruLeaves, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

What's one photograph you wish you'd taken? One and only one. The one. The only one, if, you know, you had to select from all of them out there.

It might seem like an easy question at first, but, when you stop to really think about it, it's a little bit tricky. I mean, how do you narrow down to just *one* just one photo that sums up how you think, how you feel, the way you are? That's hard, isn't it?

What would my choice be? Would I go for history-to stand at Iwo Jima or witness perhaps the ultimate "Saigon Execution?" Would I go for fame-Marilyn with her dress blowing up, maybe Elvis in his early years or even the Beatles arriving at the airport? How about art? What's the most beautiful picture ever taken? Would it have a beautiful model or be "old school" elegant? Maybe be new, modern, and hip? What would you do if you could do only one, pick only one, see only one?

There are several that jump out at me - several contenders if you will. Perhaps it would be best to pick the photographer first then the image? I don't know about that. What I do know is that it's hard to knock it down to just one.

I kind of like to see something special in every photo, not just focus on one image alone. I love to experience a great series of shots as well. But, the option, perhaps the restriction of forcing just one paints you into a corner. It's near impossible to narrow down photography to one image, so the next best thing is, maybe, to select one somewhat randomly, based upon what mood you're in at the time or which one matches my dress at a particular time. (Hey, you might laugh but it's better than matching my couch, no? And that is, after all what a lot of people do instead.)

I'll be thinking about this over the course of the next few days because, as luck would have it, I do have to pick one, just one, for something. And, it's probably safe to say, you'll know my choice, my final selection, shortly after I come up with it.

Honestly though, I have to say, it feels a bit like trying to balance all of the world on the head of a pin.

Until next time...

2 comments:

mythopolis said...

I guess the one picture I wish I had taken would be of my point of view at the moment of my birth. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me at the time. Don't you hate it when that happens?

Carol said...

Lol! We never seem to have them when we really need them.