Share a snapshot that shows a sense of waiting.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Editor’s note: there will be no photo challenge next week. It will resume the following Wednesday (September 20).

A photograph often captures the moment — the exact second that two lovers kiss on a street corner, or a gymnast extends both legs in mid-air into a perfect split, or a hummingbird hovers over a flower to drink its nectar. But some of my favorite images are quiet and still; they focus on the moment before the action and capture the anticipation, or the rumination, or the calm before the storm.

Each time I return to the English countryside of Kent — my home overseas — I go on walks with my mother-in-law’s dog Dylan, a swift, clever, black-and-white Whippet and Border Collie mix. I throw sticks into the fields surrounding our family’s home, and Dylan zooms to catch them, blazing trails through the tall grasses.

While it’s fun to see him run around, I love even more to watch him in those moments before he takes off: when his ears are perked and his body is tense, and he waits for me to throw another stick.

For this challenge, show us what waiting looks like to you. There are so many angles and interpretations — we look forward to seeing yours!

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  1. Love your photo, I’ve been travelling a lot in Nigeria and Ghana, I’ve been trying to get a shot of a particular kind of lizard (need to check its name). Finally my wait for the moment paid off, and best of all it seemed perfect for your challenge this week. Happy days 😉


  2. When you go on vacation, you spend a lot of time stuck in waiting mode. It’s a given. It might as well be a feature.

    Waiting is inconvenient for sure, but it brings order out of chaos. It makes everybody falls in line, so to speak. In the meantime, you can put it to use by reading a good book or texting. Better still, you can take it as an opportunity to look around you, this time with a sense of urgency that you won’t be back there again. On occasions like this, special moments can occur. Get your camera ready.

    One of those moments happened to me in Hallstatt, a small village in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. While waiting for the ferry, it started to rain that made a group of Japanese tourists put up their umbrellas. Against the backdrop of a darkening sky, the sight of their colorful umbrellas was simply irresistible that I took a picture of it with my camera. It remains one of my favorites to this day.

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  3. He looks like active fun and the capture of him in attentive stillness is thus even more thought provoking especially as being the main subject he fills so little of the scene
    My camera captured a number of wait arounders on a trip to Greenwich


  4. I really loved the way you described how you like the waiting before the action and the calm, quiet pictures. It’s like the calm before the storm, but in a picture.


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