The other day I was watching ice hockey. I was simultaneously trying to listen to something else, so I muted hockey. When I stopped listening to that other thing and the game was still on mute, I noticed something strange – it was much easier to follow the play. I’ve always wondered how the commentators can catch minute details in the game, when I need two slow motion recaps to catch the same detail. But now I know. With the sound on, there’s too much sensory input for my HSP brain. I just can’t process everything in time, in a fast paced game like ice hockey. But when the sound is gone, I can fully concentrate the visual input and it’s so much easier!
Having realised this, I had a new insight – I finally figured out why I like photography. Quite simply, a photograph has no sound, and it does not move. It’s minimal sensory input and I have no trouble processing it. A picture is an ideal version of my world! And this also explains why I’ve never gotten into filming. There’s movement, and worse yet, sound.
You know how a lot of photographers say that “they like to catch the moment”? And a lot of people who comment your pictures, tend to say “you are so good at catching the moment”? I did that. Years ago when I was a beginner, I used to say that I want to catch the moment. Then I noticed that everybody else was saying the same thing, so I stopped. And now, I realise that photography in essence is catching a moment. It’s a scene which is frozen forever, be it 1/1000 sec or 1000 secs or any other shutter speed you choose to use for your composition. The end result is always the same – a frozen moment.
No movement, no sound. Me happy!