The camera, being the reliable little piece of machinery that it is, is always ready to capture the perfectly timed and composed shot. Its role in each performance often lasts no more than a second – the shutter is pressed, the auto-focus adjusts, the software’s exposure is set, and the image is captured and stored. The photographer runs ahead of the image, scanning the immediate future for it. But in the end, it’s that singular second when the two come together that creates the image, and nothing more.
The scene that is the perfect street photograph happens an incomprehensible number of times every moment. The mission of the photographer is to arrive just in time to save one of them. It’s an event that lasts one second and seems to have taken months if not years to prepare.