Let's be prepared for the "chance"
2008 April. On the route with my car taking my grand daughter to photographie birds on Seine.
Suddenly, tulips on the middle of the road.
"Mamie, stop! I would like to take photos of those!"
I just offered a camera for her 9th birthday. Stop, in the middle of the road, with four even if small and relatively quiet streets around? Where?
"OK, I'll stop, I'll stop, as soon as I find where to leave the car."
A small field, offered a place for the car, and we went careful, hand by hand to the flower arrangement in the middle of the roads. Each of us with our camera. I was first more fascinated with my grand daughter taking careful one flower ofter other and making macro photos of each.
Then, I move a bit and see this quiet street. Click.
Just a second later a car passed. Click.
This photo was taken at the "decisive moment", and become one the most favourited on flickr.
Of course, I had to stop in the middle of the road, I had to get there, I had to be ready for it. Ready for the unexpected, for the non prepared, ready and flexible.
In photography, preparing the next speech or story, or meeting the "one" that will count in our life, it is important to be ready and open for what will arrive.