Most of the time we take pictures because we want to preserve whatever is happening around us: a baby’s smile, the sunrise, the first snow. Effort is made to capture things exactly as they are, so that the record of your moment can match and remind you of your fond memory. But sometimes what happens in the camera is wildly different from what happened in your mind. This image was taken on a slightly overcast, but extraordinarily happy day in Paris when I was visiting for the first time with my husband. We were trying to do and see everything in the two and a half days we had there. I snapped this moment quickly from my hip, thinking of not much more than trying to fit the magnitude of the building into the frame. I was delighted by the lovely out of focus ghost figures that emerged. But I was also surprised by the gloomy mood of the image. Because it doesn’t match the memory I have for that day, which is light-hearted, and doused with a sense of adventure as we explored all of these magnificent buildings for the first time.
Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever end up with a photograph that turns out to be the exact opposite of what you remember happened? We would love for you to share with us today.