Memorial Day 2012
Over Memorial Day weekend I shot like crazy. Sometimes I like those crazy weekends, other times I most assuredly do not. While in the moment of last weekend, I was definitely not loving it. I wish I could say that I never go on assignment angry or irritated, but I am only human and on this assignment I shot for the Herald, I was not a happy camper. I wasn’t happy I was going to the assignment, wasn’t happy at the assignment, and wasn’t happy leaving the assignment. I was stuck in one of those negative loops that are sometimes unavoidable under stress and fatigue. However, aside from all this, in retrospect it was a great last weekend of college and I am happy now that I thoroughly documented it.
One of the beauties of photography in my experience is the transference of energy that takes place between photographer and subject. After I received compliments on the gallery I published from a couple of photography peers that I really respect, I was able to look at my take from that day again, with new eyes. The interesting moment came when I realized that through my work and the images I made that day, I was able to see the emotions I was feeling personally. What I looked for, what I photographed, was a reflection of my inner self projected onto the people around me (if that makes any sense at all). It was kind of a revelation, but felt like something I had known all along. I suppose this is what makes a photograph stand out from the rest.
The ability the photographer has to capture the essence of a precise moment shouldn’t be taken lightly. El arte más allá de la técnica.
Here are some of the shots from that day.