I hope you like the picture above. As you look at the picture you probably can’t tell if the vivid colours are on a screen or whether I took the picture of people in front of a real tank of jellyfish
But I was there. And the jelly fish were very real.
I gazed in open-mouthed wonder at the delicacy of the structure of their bodies. And I desperately wanted to capture something of the experience.
Now when I look at the picture I recall that feeling of wonder but I don’t really know what you feel.
The picture above shows two musicians who happened to start playing at ‘The Melt’ on Columbus Avenue in San Francisco just after we stopped in for a snack. As you look at the picture you probably wonder what they were playing or if they were good.
But I was there. I remember being so happy that we had chanced upon this place.
And I remember my son’s happiness when we all recognised the beginning of ‘So What’ by Miles Davis. I left a $5 tip for them.
I mention these two occasions because as I looked at the photographs I realised that the photographs did not capture my happiness or wonder.
And I just thought I would make a note – largely for myself – about how pictures communicate something – but what they communicate is not always the experience of the photographer.
And that there is really no substitute for ‘being there’.