Sandias ((Watermelons) / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed
This is not a good photograph. I know that. But I like looking at it. Besides, I’m trying to make a point, here.
No one needs to see all those images you’ve taken just because “film” is essentially free, now, in this digital age.
But you don’t need to dump them all either. You may go through a bunch today and find a gem, something that you can really make something of.
Months later you might go through the same batch and find something totally different but as good or maybe even better.
Anyway, they all have the potential to stir your own memories, your emotions, and thereby add to the soup that is your creativity.
That’s the case with this one. I shot it with my iPhone through a dirty bus window on my way from Merida to Valladolid on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The bus was moving, I had only a split second to grab a shot. No time to mess with settings. No time to think. I just shot it. I’m glad I did.
I’m also happy that I didn’t delete it. Instead, I cleaned it up the best I could, cropped it and tweaked it a bit in Snapseed and allowed my eye and my mind to wander around in it. I remembered the refreshing taste of a cool crisp watermelon on a hot day. I wondered about the people in the image and about their day, their lives. I spotted the bicycle lying on the ground and was reminded of my beloved boyhood bike from so many years ago. I wondered about the person casting a shadow in the left foreground
It takes me back. Back to a time and a place and feelings that might otherwise have slipped away.
No, it’s not a “good” photograph, but I’m glad I have it. I hope you can see past its faults and derive some little pleasure from it, too.