We were driving somewhere in Scotland in November, 2003. On our way back to London. I was tired and wanted to take a nap while he drove. He was teasing me about it. I was supposed to stay awake to keep him company, to make sure that he didn’t fall asleep at the wheel. But I could not keep my eyes open. It was too bright I reasoned.
We drove past a reservoir, a water conservation area. We thought it would be an interesting place to stop. He could take some pictures of the reservoir and I can take a short nap in the car.
He chose a spot where he could park the car and didn’t have to walk very long to take photographs. He takes ages to take just one photograph. He is a perfectionist. He will make sure that the framing is right. The contents in place. The light, the exposure. Everything.
That’s where we differ. I don’t care too much for the technical aspect of photography. I was more interested in the aesthetics of it. Capturing the vision which my eye has seen, and transferring it to film (pixels now that we use digital cameras.)
I tried to take my nap but could only close my eyes for 10 mins. It was different with the car not moving. And him not at my side. My eyes somehow refused to fall asleep. Perhaps I was missing him already.
I got out of the car, and looked around for him. I locked the car and walked towards him. Towards the reservoir. Found that he had set up his Minolta on a tripod. Taking pictures. He had chosen a very interesting vantage point. As usual, has composed his picture well. We kissed.
“Up already? I thought you wanted a nap?”
“I did, but I think I missed you not being there.”
He showed me the pictures he has taken. Thank god for digital photography. Gone were the days where we’d have to wait for the film to be developed before reassessing the pictures we’ve taken.
And I whipped out my Exilim. I love my Exilim. Its very limiting, but very handy. I had lost my interest in carrying heavy photographic equipment. My Exilim, although could be lacking was good enough for me.
It was a romantic picture. Captured the moment well. Captured our moment well. Because we knew that we would be separated for awhile. I would have to stay behind while my visa is being processed. While he goes on ahead, to his new job in a new country.
It will be difficult. We spent two weeks together, 24 hours in a day. And suddenly, we won’t be able to see each other for awhile.
If anything, its our fondness for road trips, long drives, photography and travel are the things that brought us together. I hope we will continue to make new memories together, all the time, while holding hands, even in our old age.