1/30th of a second in the life of a biathlete.

This photograph captures the accumulation of 1/30th of a second of a biathlon. In this moment, the biathletes dissolve into arcs and swathes of color, almost losing all form at the edge of abstraction.

During the race, what did these biathletes sense in that moment? Did they hear the crowd cheering them on? Perhaps. Or maybe they were so focused on their form that they only heard the duet of their breathing and the slap of the skates on the asphalt. Did this specific moment even register? Or maybe it was just one of many moments in that race. Or maybe the entire race was one long moment.

Photographer Josh S. Rose says, “One of the things a photograph can do magnificently is capture a moment.”

I agree. But how long is a moment? It might be 1/8000th of a second or it might be 10 minutes. Sometimes it may feel like a lifetime.

I believe ~ and feel ~ that our lives are an accumulation of moments, some split-second, some longer and some that feel like an eternity.

Photography might seem like an odd tool to explore accumulations of moments. We talk of “snapshots.” “The decisive moment.” “Freeze frame.” Then, the artifact we use to exhibit these “snapshots, etc.,” is a static, unchanging, frozen-in-time object: a photograph.

But photography does have an advantage. Longer exposures are an accumulation of time and a photograph can display that accumulation for the eye to see. The photograph then allows us to see what we would otherwise not be able to see.

At least for a moment. However long that is.