*This post is part of Relish 11
Even in this innovative age we live in where we all seem to have our camera phones with us at all times, there are going to be moments that simply don’t get caught on film or pixel. What was one such moment, that you know lasts in your memory right now, but that will fade as time goes on? Describe it here, as if you have the photo right in front of you.
This one is an interesting one because, of course, I am a photographer. Capturing moments with my camera? It’s what I do. More and more as I go deeper into photography I see the world around me as photo compositions. I think about how I would shoot it and often I do shoot it (which reminds me that I should write a blog post about how much I adore Instagram).
That said, it took me about 30 seconds to come up with an idea for this prompt. Of course there were many moments in 2011 that did not end up being captured in my camera. Some of these moments stand out, while others fade away.
I remember a moment at Camp Shuttersisters in California. We campers were sitting by the campfire, toasting s’mores and drinking wine. We were soaking up the warm fire, the damp air and the overwhelming positive energy of the sisterhood.
Jen Lemen was sitting on a picnic table, her face illuminated by the flames. She was telling her story and ripping her soul bare. For us. For herself. For the dark night. 70-odd chatty women gathered and you could have heard a pin drop.
Jen’s voice is magic. It is truly beautiful and I remember listening to it – so soft and kind but strong as a diamond. I remember being awestruck at how raw and open she was.
At some point I realized that I was crying and I wondered if I was crying for her or for me.