THE STILL IMAGE: MAKING THE MOMENT STILL
Why a Still Image? It is still... In contrast, a moving image is always changing, always about the next image. One frame is but a distraction from seeing the next one. Instead, a still image holds a moment in perpetuity, prevents it from slipping away to nothing. This gives a viewer the chance to contemplate that single caught moment. Spending more time with a single moment, we may discover a bit of beauty that inspires us. We have the chance to recall some hope for our life, long ignored. We might be reminded of a life we had wanted to live, not yet lived. Or we might recognize the wonder of our life and be grateful for it. An image held in suspension of time gives us the chance to stop and observe where we are, stop the blind, headlong rush forward. That suspended moment of time, there for our contemplation, reaches inside us, touches our spirit in a way passing images can't. A Stillness. Such a still image, should we be so lucky to find it, helps us see what is not easily seen in the ongoing rush of the day. What we take time to see in a still moment might even take our breath away. We may even fall in love with the moment. And as the poet Robert Bly says, we can build a whole life around one small bit of love. Find that one thing you love, he says; dismiss all else and nurture the love you know to be you. Today there are billions of pictures in the world, millions and millions of new ones uploaded every day, streams and streams of video. They seem to add up to little more than distraction, a stimulus that masks our deeper emptiness. But if the world would grant us such a gift of just one still image we care for, the stillness found in that moment can awaken us from our sleep.