Capturing the Moment

Tara L. Lacoursiere

The invention of the camera, for most, was a pivotal time in history.  Since the click of the first shutter people have used photographs to capture momentous occasions.  As technology has progressed we
now are able to hold the most candid moments on video, on paper, on disc and even on our phones.
As I reflect back on the photographs my own eye has taken, I am reminded of the few times I was unable to snap that shutter closed.

It is opening day of Little League baseball.  My eight year old is wearing his favorite attire, a baseball uniform and cleats.  This is his forth year at bat and I have been a fan in the bleachers for countless
innings.  This opening day though is different.  The battery on my digital camera is dead and after hours of searching, a replacement is on order.  Normally, I would be cheering loudly with the camera
glued to my face, waiting for the perfect hit.  Without the camera I find that I am cheering just as loudly, only now while enjoying what the eye of the camera has always missed.  My son has hit his
first double of the season.  For one moment I had wished I caught his sprint on film.  Realizing at the instant of that very wish, I have caught this with my mind.  My mind has captured the sights, the
sounds and the feel of excitement as he rounds second base.  I am standing amongst a screaming crowd and enjoying the moment.  Worrying not about how the shot came out or how to replace it
with another if this one isn’t so well.  For what I bet is the first time, I found myself appreciative of a dead battery.

In retrospect there are many times when the camera could have been left at home.  The trips to Disney World, my first vacation to Cancun without my son, kindergarten graduation and so many
times in between would have been much more enjoyable without the frequent pauses to produce a tangible memory.

People throughout the world have the ability to capture every moment of time. More often then not we allow the camera to see for us.  We are so determined to freeze those moments in time that we
often miss the very thing we had hoped to see. Does this mean our momentous occasions have now become a collection of everyday occurrences?   Or are we letting the camera take the place of our
minds?  Holding on to every second, often without actually experiencing what we are trying so hard to treasure.