By Scott Shephard
Deb and I returned a few days ago from a wonderful trip to the United Kingdom. As you can imagine, I took a few photos along the way. And when I was photographing things like Stonehenge, the grounds of Kensington Palace and Castle Hill in Edinburgh, I was generally wondering if I was getting anything new. This, I think, should be an essential part of a photographer's thought process.
Of all of the photos I took on our brief stop at Stonehenge, this one is my favorite. Why? Well, having just Googled "Stonehenge" I found that there are 16.4 million photos available for me to see. A vast number are far better than anything I took. So this photo must represent something other than a good photographic record of the architecture of the monument.
I just Googled "people looking at Stonehenge," and found almost nothing. So this photo represents something new, I suppose. But beyond that, I can guarantee that even if you find photos of people looking at the Stonehenge, this photo is completely unique. In the whole history of the universe, stretching back long before Stonehenge was created, this is the only concurrence of the four primary people in this photo.
"Four?" you ask. Yes, four, because I count myself. If I do it right, I'm in every photo I take. And what is the meaning of this picture? I'm not saying. I'll remain silent. Like the stones of Stonehenge. . . .
Canon 5DIII 1/250s f/9.5 ISO160 55mm