Taken: June 14th 2015
I was immediately intrigued when I first saw pictures of Karluv Most. My favorite photographs were of the stone-bridge enshrouded in fog and mist; a single man walks underneath the glow of the lanterns. It was this image I had in mind and was inspired to capture when I travelled to Prague. However, that was not the photograph I would end up with. I woke up at 3:30 early Sunday morning, and walked to the bridge. When I arrived, I was the only person there. Perfect! exactly as I’d wanted. A moment later, a group of boys stumbled by, leaning on each others shoulders drunk and singing. Then more people started to show up. Everyone arriving had just spent all Saturday night partying and drinking in the clubs, and were now walking to the bridge for sunrise. Great, I was disappointed. I go through great lengths to avoid having people in my photographs, and now, I would no longer have the coveted photo I wanted. The sun was beginning to rise and the street lanterns had been shut off. People were flooding the streets. I gave up, I packed up my tripod and decided to just enjoy the moment without the distraction of the camera. It was then, while standing in the middle of the bridge I noticed a beautiful scene begin to play out in front of me. Magic filled the air. Everyone was enjoying themselves, and the mood was light. A couple lean up against the wall, completely in the moment and unaware of my presence. Trying to be inconspicuous, and not wanting to ruin the moment, I slowly raised the camera and snapped a shot. It’s important to note, that this photograph would not have been possible if I were shooting on a tripod. The couple could have felt uncomfortable if I were standing there with a tripod and a camera facing in their direction. What I find special about this piece, is that it taught me an important lesson: “If I let go of the idea of how something should be, then I allow the magic of something unplanned and potentially better to take place.” In this case, it’s the people that make this photograph special. The perfect coordination of the universe in creating a beautiful scene. My job is only to pay close enough attention for when it happens.
Technical details: One single photograph. No photoshop manipulation of adding or removing of objects.
Camera: Nikon D5300 Lens: Sigma 50 1.4 Art F/8 1/125 sec ISO 100