Can a camera capture a moment in time?

This camera shot captures a beautiful moment in time, the spray most likely never being exactly like that ever again.

This topic suggestion, Can a camera truly capture a moment in time?, is from The Daily Post as part of the Post-a-day writing challenge.

Despite being a fantastic question, with many philosophical possibilities and questions, I had to write on this topic, because it was suggested by Leonard Nimoy, who for those who don’t know is most famous for his work in my favourite show – Star Trek – as Mr Spock, who tweeted:

Now, I think this is more kind of getting into the realm of philosophy and I’m not really a philosopher, but I’ll give it a try.

The pure joy in this persons face as their birthday cake is brought out is captured here in this moment of time

I think that a camera can capture a moment in time, even though it cannot capture itself. Why? Because a moment in time I think doesn’t have to be a 360° 4-dimensional representation. A camera has the ability to capture incredible moments in time that sometimes can truly reflect a beautiful moment in time.

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One thought on “Can a camera capture a moment in time?

  1. Nimoy’s question may be based on one that often comes up as researchers ponder their work – “to what extent must an observer take into account the effect of their observation on what is being observed?” This is where the boundary between philosophical musings and practical outcomes becomes somewhat blurred. The photo question is somewhat more nuanced – - the camera can capture a visual perspective but often not the contextual, social and personal variables that surround it. (Me thinking out loud while wagging it from church on holidays :-))

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