The Photo Matrix
There’s a moment when I’m making photos that I enter the Matrix. Time slows. The world is quiet, almost silent. The only sound is the shutter at the moment it is pressed. For that fraction of a second I am centered, intensely focused on the moment. The world becomes more observable, connected, responsive, evocative.
It’s time in a flow state where my senses are heightened, more resonant, more keenly aware. More aware of the subject, its movement, the light, colors, tones, and composition. It’s a meditation on creation, a spiritual practice.
Every photograph made in such a moment is not just a capture of light and shadow, but a reflection of my connection with the world.
I’ve decided that most of the photos I make are incidental to the experience. The experience must come first. The photo will follow.
Looking for photos doesn’t provide experience beyond the search. Search becomes the subject. Search becomes more important than the photos.
I’m using a camera to capture a transcendent moment in my day made more observable in a time dilation between me, the camera, and the subject.
There is a mathematical formula for calculating time dilation: t = t0/(1-v2/c2)1/2.
There is a formula with no math required to enter the Matrix. Read the poets. Observe, don’t participate. Ask questions. Listen. Care.
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