In the heart of Bentonville, Arkansas, an event unfolded that not only showcased the art of photography but also celebrated the profound connections and community it fosters. At “Images Stories and Beats”, held at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, local photographers, including myself, gathered to share a singular photo and the story behind it. It was a night where each snapshot was a portal to a different moment, underscoring the power of photography in binding moments and memories.
My contribution to this tapestry of tales was a photograph that, at first glance, seemed disconnected from my professional portfolio but held a deep personal significance. It was a reminder of how every picture is a bookmark to a moment, its full impact often only realized in retrospect.
Rewind to 2003, Sydney, Australia. I was amidst the festive cheer of Carols in the Domain, a camera in hand, capturing a scene where celebrities and giant fruit bats shared the skyline. The brightest moment on stage that night wasn’t one of the usual celebrities or even Santa, it was the children’s supergroup The Wiggles, who transformed the event with some unforgettable energy.
Fast forward to the present, in Bentonville, just a mile from my home, at The Momentary, stands a tent that’s more than just a structure; it’s a symbol of this interconnected world. It’s the very same tent from that night at Sydney’s Carols in the Domain twenty years ago, a serendipitous link bridging continents and decades.
Back at the event in Crystal Bridges, my story highlighted the essence of our gathering – the celebration of photography’s role in capturing and connecting the chapters of our lives. It was a vivid reminder of the importance of community among peers. Each of us, through our lenses, had bookmarked moments that defined not just our careers but also our personal journeys.
I’m not aware of The Wiggles ever visiting Bentonville, Arkansas but they are forever connected in my mind thru that concert tent. They symbolized how every captured moment, no matter how seemingly small or disconnected, could ripple across time and space, uniting us in a shared experience.