I often get asked
which is my favorite photograph? Like many artists I
favorites.. There’s a story though behind your best images,
your ‘Cary Grant’ images as I call them, your best images, not
your favorite, your best.. Where I was, what time of the year,
what time of the day, location, weather, circumstances of all
sorts you remember, because these images, the special ones,
don’t happen everyday. It’s not like ordering a cheeseburger,
they’re special, they’re your best, the ones, the one.
That’s why I do it, to get the
there`s one image that started me off on all of this, it has to
start somewhere. The one image that made me want to get
more, and the one image that got me to understand about the
‘One’.. The one that gave me the confidence, the one that
got me going, the one that is better than anyone else`s, the one
that is in a group of images that can be considered classic, the
best of anyone’s ever. The one that made me understand you want
the best and only the best, and you throw away the rest..
doing my normal daily morning walk before work. Well
that`s sounds kinda` funny because I am working I suppose,
because I`m an artist and there are no hrs. and I`ve got
my camera with me and yes I am walking, so let`s just say
I`m doing my thing. While this is all happening I`m
waiting for that alarm bell to ring, that alarm bell that tells
me there might be the ‘One’ nearby. That alarm bell that
get`s me to focus immediately, that gives me an immediate shot
of adrenaline, that gets my senses all in tune in a millisecond.
That alarm bell is my eye..
about half way through my walk, a 3 mile walk every morning
around a lake in the city I reside. It`s early Winter and
the lake is 95% frozen and there`s about 3 or 4 inches of snow
on the ground and it`s about 20F degrees. Then all of a
sudden my alarm bell goes off!!! As I`m walking around
the lake clockwise my eye catches something to my right, it`s
more than just a something, it catches the whole scene at that
exact moment. The sky, the horizon, the ground, the
frozen lake, and the main character in the entire scene, the
star of the show, the lifeguard tower on the snowy beach, with
the ice covered snow on the frozen lake in the background, and
the low overcast stratus cloud deck above in the
often do when my eye catches something, I`ll go a few more steps
and then say to myself get back there! I go back, and sure
enough my eye was correct, I size everything up within 10
seconds and point the camera at this beautiful scene I`m looking
at through the view finder, I shoot about 10 images and then
continue my walk.. I`m thinking already this could be a
‘Cary Grant’. It stays on my mind while I finish the rest
of my walk..
home and download the images onto my computer and take a look
and I get that feeling. I don`t know how to describe it,
the best way is it`s a feeling, it`s a feeling of magic.
That`s the best way to describe it. A moment in time
captured with your eye that explains what forever is. An
image that will last forever because it`s one of those
one`s, It is the ‘One’..
long for now, Jimmy..
journal entries, videos, and photographic images copyright Jimmy
Wilson Photographs. All Rights Reserved.
in Minnesota, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and gallery owner.
Upton Ave. So.