|Time stands still, for now|
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I've always had a thing for fountains, as they're something of an oasis of coolness and quiet in the middle of an otherwise turbulent environment. I wish I had more time to shoot them, as they offer up endless possibilities for abstract photography. But the world doesn't much care that I enjoy dancing water, so a quick snap was all I could get on this particular trip before I needed to get back to the conference, the stage, the reason I came here in the first place.
Still, the temporary nature sticks with me. Chances are the water will never look quite like this again. In a blink of an eye, this specific scene is gone, replaced in a similar blink by another one, then another, and countless others in an endless not-quite-repetitive cycle. You content yourself with whatever random result you get, as you don't have much choice of, or control over, what you get.
As I continue my way to the conference site, I think about that word, control. When I'm on-stage in a little while, I'll do my best to control the moment, to maximize the potential for a successful delivery, to avoid crashing and burning in front of an audience of influential folks.
But I also realize that, like the dancing waters, I can't control everything, and some things must be left to chance. I suppose that's the way life is supposed to play out even if we wish that weren't the case.
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