Another recent holiday gift, this one from Bryan Wolf:
He shot this in 2007 at George Kelly's wedding. I was looking through some of Bryan's prints in November and when I saw this one I just about crapped my pants. "You've got to print me this!" I blurted, and a few weeks later Bryan came through.
This photo is unrepeatable. If he stood there for a thousand years trying to get these models to pose so that the girl's hair lined up with the roof beams, it would never happen. But try it by accident in a 1/250th of a second, and there it is! The whole ceiling is funneling into her brain. That, for me, is the essence of photography. Once in a while a portal opens, and when it does you've got to pounce.
Bryan gave me the print at a party and I immediately showed it around to a some others who were there. "Do you like this photo? Notice anything special about it?" I asked.
The reaction was sort of meh. Two ladies dancing. Seen it. No one noticed the thousand year hair. No one came close to crapping their pants.
A microcosm of the broader situation, I guess. Every single person is pulled by different visual tugs. Some folks go for cosmic lineups and funneled worlds. Some don't. And the vast majority can't see them, even when they're captured clearly in 2D.
So thanks, Bryan. Next time I see you, you owe me laundry.