Tuesday, May 30, 2006
When you're away at a conference or other business event, you live two very different lives. For the bulk of the waking day, your schedule is packed with one intense session after another. You spend time with some of the top people in your industry, trying to absorb as much as possible in the limited time you have.
Then, you switch gears as soon as the scheduled events are over and you head back to your hotel room. The frenetic pace of the day is replaced by a sense of isolation. You're alone, far from home, and there's no one around to talk to. The silence is often overwhelming, and it prompts me to look for things to do to fill the time and push the lonely silence away.
This image is a direct result. I had been hunting for interesting scenes within my hotel room and wasn't coming up with anything worthwhile. As you can imagine, the typical North American hotel room doesn't present many interesting photographic opportunities. Eventually, I remembered how the water beaded up on the shower curtain, and resolved to grab a picture of it when I had a few spare minutes.
It's another strange view of the world. And I hope you have similarly routine targets of opportunity in your photographic future. If you want to drop the link in a comment, I'm sure everyone here would appreciate it.
Your turn: Why do water droplets fascinate us so?