The "Thing" is not the thing. The kiss is not the kiss, the photo is not the piece of paper, the portrait is not the people, and the landscape isn't the scenery.
"Pray, elucidate.", you say.
"But of course."
The best wedding photos of that first kiss are never images of the faces mashed upon each other.
They are the images of the lips almost touching in anticipation of that soothing, electrifying and sensual instant when they connect, and emotions flow like electricity through wires, one individual to another - one soul to another. The key is the anticipation; the tension in the image. You want to stay with it, to explore the image, to feel what they are feeling, and to have your own soul healed by the touch of another.
All that in one picture? Yes. But the point is, the kiss isn't the kiss - it's the ANTICIPATION of the kiss that makes it a special image.
Portraits are the same way. They are images of people, yes, but they are far more than that. A glance at a photo of family brings to your mind the love for those in the image, but also the memories of a wonderful day, the spray of the falls, the smell of the lilacs and even the mischief of the children. It is a doorway into a beautiful memory, rich in detail and scents, sounds and the fun of the moment.
Landscapes - those beautiful images of mountains, or cityscapes - they bring forward emotions and sensations - possibly not experienced personally yet, but yearned for and anticipated - there's that word again. Anticipation.
Carrying the conversation further, the photo is not the photo - it is the image placed upon the canvas that is the doorway to your memories and emotions.
What an extraordinary thing - an image that can transport you to another time and place, to relive wonderful moments..
...those moments that happen only once.....