It was a fleeting moment that encompassed the cavernous exit from the tunnel with a feeling of pure, undisturbed clarity. As Stephanie began to run away, looking back, it occurred to me. What is the fascination with looking back? In a photograph, the still image stares back at the viewer, but on location, the act is one of recognizing the frailty of the moment through a process of refraction. A process that changes the course between two forces. In this case, Stephanie's need to look back and yet continue to move forward. In a lot of ways, it is almost much like the daily experience of leaving your home to go to work. You know you will be returning at some point and you don't give much thought to idea otherwise. It is in fact, this feeling of returning, that thrusts you out there to begin with.
"As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure." — Susan Sontag
So while the photograph depicts a fleeting moment frozen in time, the shutter releases and the light hits the mirror and we are faced with the undefined feeling of singularity that we can always return. We can always look back. If only to reclaim the moment we once stared back at ourselves without self-conceit, but rather in remembrance of the space we once filled with creation.