The fermenting crowd was making it difficult to focus on just one individual, colours of all sizes merging into one compact hoard. In all that rainbow mush, a white ball of fluffy-dog-madness caught my eye, but my attention soon switched to the little girl standing numbly next to it.

I rushed to the viewfinder to take one shot before the door hid her away completely. Quickly zoomed in and framed the photo,  just as her brother was turning away, his t-shirt granting me the dusty background to match her pixie eyes and  cover the souvenir clutter. The light was perfect and her colours were magic. I usually take a few extra shots because I feel I could do it differently; this time, one was all I needed, anything extra would have lessened its relevance. It all happened so fast it overwhelmed me.  I immediately left the scene, with an almost guilty feeling of having stolen something.

This here is the reason I take photos, that  moment in which the Photography Gods put everything in order to create one  frame for you to find. And the best part is chasing that fleeting frame.

8 Responses to “Ginger”

  • you’re so right!
    i had that special ghostly feeling too while in Budapest, but unfortunately i hadn’t and still don’t have the chance to own a good camera to capture with an instance the essence.
    many many times i just make the photography in my head and dream it after.

  • you don’t really need a fancy camera to make great pics, you can also go with a point and shoot, the experience here says it’s word. my advice for you: shoot like your life depended on it. doesn’t matter what you shoot, your skill will improve with time and in no time you will be amazed of what you can do. :)

  • hihi, good point!
    hope i’ll have the chance and money to do them, now that i have the camera. it’s just sometimes i am in the right spot and my mind is setting the right angle and picture perfect through my eyes and yet when i snap the photo the camera doesn’t give me what i saw. sometimes it gives me even a better image than what i saw with my bare eyes.
    but i guess it just happens.
    or again, i’m a lousy “artist” :)

  • She is beautiful, and this is a good photo, but many people here in Texas have informed me that shooting this image is unethical, and a few have even said they would resort to physical violence if someone attempted it. Did you get a model release prior to shooting this photo? Did you have prior consent to shoot this photo? These are the questions I am given by members of the public. Even professional photographers either are silent or say they support the public’s outrage.

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