Now is a difficult concept to capture in a photograph – after all, the second you take the picture, it’s in the past. But I got thinking about what ‘now’ means at any given moment.
Now is where you are, what you’re doing, and what you’re looking at. It’s what you’re experiencing – enjoyable or not. It’s a synthesis of all your senses – it’s an interpretation of what you are seeing, smelling, feeling, hearing and even tasting from your immediate environment. It’s even a measure of the understanding it creates in you – and of how it adds to your overall life experience. Each little now adds itself to the next one, and to the next one, until at the end of the day you’ve amassed another uncountable stock of nows to add to the overall supply.
Oh, we highlight some nows over others – some are just routine, after all. But they all count. Some nows call attention to themselves, while others just fade into the background.
With all this in mind I think the difference between the empirical and the photographic two-dimensional becomes a little clearer. Perhaps this clarity will allow you to experience each of your nows with a renewed appreciation for their role in your overall experience.
Here is one of my nows from last winter. Think semiotically: what does this ‘now’ do for you, now that it’s one of your own?