Thursday, April 21, 2011

The rarity of blue anemones

The blue anemone is for me the sign of the spring being really here - an early flower, delicate, persistent. It is not very rare in Finland, but it is forbidden to pick the flowers for sale.

But the rarity I'm referring to in the title is not really about the rarity of the flowers, but rather the uniqueness of each moment, and especially those moments which are spent in taking a photograph - moments in time which will never repeat.

On the other hand, the rarity of a moment does not in itself make a photograph. You also need universality, that is, the photograph has to convey something which the viewer sees as familiar, recognizes a thing or someone there.

It is interesting, this combination of rarity and universality - I guess this is the space where photographs are born, or made.

3 comments:

Colin Griffiths said...

Well, I for one think that the way you look and see is quite rare, lovely images as usual.

Juha Haataja said...

Thanks! Spring of course repeats and repeats, but each one is also unique.

The Tinman said...

Good points!