My brother and I spent part of yesterday at Fort Harrison State Park. A couple who were out for a walk stopped and asked what I was photographing. I replied ‘Anything that will stand still long enough’ which is true enough that it didn’t seem to require any further explanation.
What I was really doing would have required a bit more conversation but would probably have been worth the time to say it. I was out wondering. Not wandering, but wondering.
About a year ago I was emailing back and forth with a friend. I was intrigued by a photograph she had done and asked how she got it. She was busy doing other things and wasn’t paying attention to what she was typing and she wrote that she was ‘wondering’ around and saw the image. That word ‘wondering’ captures it for me. It was a typo but when I pointed it out to her and how great a choice of words it was, she agreed and now she goes wondering too. Or maybe we’ve been wondering all along and didn’t know it.
Wondering. Sometimes that leads to seeing something we might not have noticed before and sometimes it means asking ‘I wonder what will happen if I move the camera during the exposure?’ or try some other creative technique. That is what I was doing yesterday beside Fall Creek. Most of the images weren’t very interesting but some were, at least to me.
It’s time to go out again. I wonder what I’ll see?