The shots that got away...

posted on 23rd of november, 2009

Snap. Here is the shot that got away, Click, and another, flash, and again. Being a photographer means to captures time, which will send you back to that moment over and over again, yet our cameras are not always ready, nor are we to captures that moment. From traveling I have a million pictures in my head that I missed. They still are moments in time, but I know the longer they are there; they will pale, pushed out by new memories like photographs fades in sunlight.
I set the track Perpetuum Mobile by the Penguin Symphony Orchestra, the song I heard when I was flying to Korea to start my new life. I close my eyes and focus o the shots that are still clear in my head.
Click. Here I am in Kuala Lampur Malaysia surrounded by butterflies. It has just stopped raining and the butterflies have come out again, and there are hundreds. Red, yellow, blue…streaks of colors in the air. Some are tiny, others as big as my hand, and I feel like I’m five again. I run after them with the hopes of holding one of these fragile raptures, but to no avail. Click. Now here I am snorkeling for the first time in the kool-aid colored water off the coast. Like the butterflies, there are a hundred colors that flit around me. I have never seen anything like it. I see Nemo! Click. New continent. Here is me on the top of Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala. The sun is setting, the lava flowing and all I can feel is exhilaration. My face says it all after this difficult hike.
Onto yet another country and a different trip. Me still dazed upon finding out that I was going to live in the jungle in West Africa, being approached by 200 tiny Ghanaian children to see their new teacher. Once again I felt like I was five again, but not in the same way. Flash. Here I am on the same trip lying in the hospital. My IV post is a piece of wood with nails sticking out, my bed filthy, and the surgical instruments boiled. I close my eyes but my mind already has this memory stored away. Snap. Now I am in New York, the rain has just stopped. and he takes my hand. Tonight in Times Square the lights seem so much brighter and everything else fades into the background. My camera reads zero. Last shot on this card of memory. The emotions associated are huge, and they fill up so many Mega pixels of space….
From "The Little Princesses Guide to Backpacking. The Trials and Tribulations of a Traveling Twenty-something"

Comments (8)

Posted by Angelaostafichuk on December 01, 2009
Thank you so's all in the rough stages, but I hope to publish within the next few years :)
Posted by Kumabear on November 28, 2009
before being so deeply into photography, I traveled the world on a cruise ship as an entertainer, of course I had a camera and took photos, but I would give anything to have that time again with the knowledge and passion I have now for photography, this blog reflects my sentiments, ohhh the photos that got away from me......!
Posted by Ebamo on November 27, 2009
beautifully written!
Posted by Freedomphotos on November 26, 2009
I bet we can all relate to this. So well written, it should be in a book.
Posted by Digitalg on November 25, 2009
Hello Angela :)
I hope that "The Little Princesses Guide to Backpacking" is a book, or is to become one ;)
Posted by Mani33 on November 24, 2009
Have you thought of writing! When you can not shoot just write! Cheers :)
Posted by smartview27 on November 24, 2009
Great description for your butterflies capture in Kuala Lampur, for your trip in Africa and your experience from New York. I felt like I was there.
Posted by Rosedarc on November 23, 2009
So true, I also still think of some shots I've missed years ago.

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Hi, thanks for stopping by! My name is Angela from Edmonton and somedays I work as a travel photographer picking up a few odds and ends on the side. I love people and visiting new places and have a long list of things I want to see. If you could drop me a line when you buy my photos and let me know where they are being used, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

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