In my haste to be elsewhere I nearly passed this scene
by. I stopped and watched for a minute or two, intrigued by the luminescence
of the water as it lay in interconnected terraces. Then, with thoughts
of grand mountain vistas from a nearby ridge, I turned and continued walking.
Call it fate, or the sound of the tinkling stream, but
at this time I felt the call of nature. One does nothing of this kind
in a hurry when dressed for the mountain cold, and by the time I'd dealt
with the matter I decided I would be too late to catch the sunrise.
Returning to the creek I stood and watched again, low
on film I had to be sure in my mind that this would make a worthwhile
image. I exposed a single sheet and marked it for normal development.
Later in the day I passed this spot again on my way
to Mt Twynham. The rocks, water and grass had not changed, but the light
had, the scene was flat and uninteresting.
Similar situations have happened to me many times,Wet Round Rocks, a fine photo at 8:30am was a total non event
at 8:35 when the sun had risen further and dried the rocks.
Wet Round Rocks
Forms in Rock, really interesting on
the morning of the 1st February 1994...
Forms in Rock
...was worth little more than a cursory
glance on my next visit to Granite Bay a year or so later.
What's changed? What's different about the subject in
How is it that one can return time and time again to
the same location and still get different photographs?
The answer is not to be found in the subject but in
the light reflecting from it. Five minutes or five years later, it doesn't
matter, the same subject can look entirely different.
That's one of the beauties of photography, and one of
the reasons that it is not necessary to travel vast distances to make
Always keep in mind that, as a photographer, you
do not photograph objects, you photograph the light reflected from them.