Time is a multifacted concept. It’s a measurement that we’ve created to make sense of the world. We use it to measure age, athletic ability, and value (think time is money!). In addition, time can serve as an indicator of change. Young people have smooth skin, old people wrinkles.
As we know, change is the constant in our lives. And since photographs capture specific moments in time, these images can serve as documentation of change. For example, here is a picture taken the morning of Monday, March 25:
And here is a picture on same day in the afternoon, less than 9 hours later:
Neither picture is particularly special, but they’re certainly different. The first invokes visions of a winter wonderland. The second, winter, but not much wonder. Together, these images document some of the change that occurred throughout the day.
In photography, time also serves as key element of the photograph itself. For the wildlife, street, sports, and wedding photographers (to name a few), a nine-hour difference represents a new assignment. Nine milliseconds can make the difference between a masterpiece and a deleted image in these worlds. Not unlike an Olympic sprinter.
Finally, in travel, time is ever important as it impacts what and who you will see. You won’t catch the cherry blossoms in DC if you arrive in February, but you can still catch a glimpse of Lincoln:
And his view of the Washington Monument:
Please stop over at Where’s My Backpack to see other images that represent the variety of interpretations that such a complex topic provides!