Of all the overused cliches in photography, I would have to guess that the word “moment” is right up there near the top.
I am guilty of using it all the time and should probably stop using it as a crutch when discussing photography.
The interesting thing to me is that moments are usually not a true view of an event. A photographic moment to me is hyper-reality. It is that split second of heightened excitement at a protest rally. It is that one glimpse of gracefulness in a sloppily played football game. It is when everything comes together perfectly and then is gone in a blink of the eye.
Maybe it is what it should be, a peek at humanity at its peaks and valleys.
Anyways, enough rambling.
Here is what’s left of my 2009 favorites. Images from stories, weddings, a marathon that I ran and other random events.
©2009 Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune