n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.
-- jkcreative @ The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Photography for me was always a vemödalen-producing experience. Hmm. I'm not sure about the usefulness of the word "vemödalen," in my life at least, but I noticed it while was I perusing the site and it made me think of this photo. iPhones are phones, text devices, calendars, and so much more but cameras you can expect to capture a deep-breath moment, a sudden stillness that makes you want to memorize it all? Probably not.
The image of the shade with a great expanse of nature and humanity stretching out beyond it, in the bright sun, is what stopped me. It's cool there in the shade. My eyes can un-squint. It's safe, but the glare and dust is waiting for me. The sharp descent will tease me into a quiver or a fall, but there's no other way to get home.