William Blake once said, “There is a moment in each day that Satan cannot find.” One could say that it is the job of the photographer to find and capture such moments. But what happens if you have to make those moments yourself? Do they lose their magic in being manufactured? I don’t have a clear answer, but this photo seems to.
This is a portrait of what looks like a pair of lovers-to-be, captured at the precise moment that one starts to fall for the other. One seems to be lost in thought, the other lost in newfound admiration. In short, it’s that magic moment William Blake told us about.
Except it’s not.
This is actually a photo I took while helping shoot my band’s first music video. I was providing lighting for a scene by holding up an LED light, and snapped the picture while the scene was being filmed. I suppose the fabrication is fitting considering that the video itself is about falling in love with somebody who (spoiler alert) wasn’t real to begin with.
But I can’t find it in myself to write this photo off for being staged. The moment may not have been real, but the ideas it expresses, the emotions it evokes are real. I look at it and know that nobody can take that moment away from the characters, or from myself.
Perhaps that’s what Blake meant. Perhaps that’s what Satan, or any other evil, cannot find.