Be present

brett chapman

Brett Chapman

Last year I was travelling around Europe doing a lot of filming and photography. Somewhere in the course of my travels I became more consumed by capturing moments than experiencing them. The record of beauty became more important than the recognition.

This picture has grown to be one of my favourites from the trip because it serves as a perfect call back to my mindset at the time. I was trying to get a shot of the mountain view before it passed by but I unwittingly ended up with a murky self-portrait. The person in this picture is neither here nor there.

Since returning from my trip I did a lot of ruminating about the nature of my work and the way that I let it dictate my experiences. Now, when I look at this picture I’m reminded that before we can capture the truth of a moment we first have to be present in it.


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