Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fleeting Moments of Freedom

Last evening, while watching the NHL Playoffs out of one eye, the other was going through several binders of old B & W negatives. However, I was more interested in the negatives than the game, really. I happened upon this one that I took when I was first learning what "f" stops and shutter speeds were. The midway had come to town and I decided to venture out with my really neat Minolta SRT 101, with the 58mm f1.4 lens attached, and do a few shots to see what I could capture. I had no idea what I was doing really, just matching the needle and lollypop in the viewfinder, and pressing the shutter button. However, in retrospect, I find that this image turned out to be one of my favourites of all time. As the little girl went whirling by on the carousel, and glancing down at her wheelchair, she was probably hoping that the the merry go round ride would never stop. Up there on the horse, she was just like every other kid, totally enjoying the present moment. I hope that she has enjoyed a rewarding life since, in spite of her handicap. Even though the photo was taken about 35 years ago, I still love to stop and look at it. Hope it catches your eye for a moment or two also.