The sun sets behind Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
It's not a particularly complex photograph. There is nothing actively happening. No smile or tears, no peak action but nevertheless it is a moment. It is a moment in the sense that it is a singular, specific fraction of a second that will never again occur. There have been times that I have seen something on my way home or on my way to work or to the store and I have thought, I will stop on the return trip and shoot it. But inevitebly it is not the same. Nothing ever is. The world is in a state of change and if I don't stop now to shoot what caught my eye, that moment will slip into the past into the wispy world of memory.
I've learned my lesson. Now, when I see something like the perfect balance between the fading sunset and the lights of the Holy Family Cathedral, I stop. I shoot it. I've never regretted a photo I've taken, only those which I haven't.
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