The above image is one that I discovered recently and for the longest time I pondered over how best to use it. Taken by itself, the photographer’s intent isn’t clear. The more that I thought about it, I felt inexplicably attached to this picture – perhaps it was due to the ambiguous meaning or message. That’s why the title of this particular post is “Uncertainty,” because that’s exactly how I feel about this photo.
I initially assumed that it would be another skinny-dipping illustration. By the second or third time that I looked at it, I noticed that the man was crawling – whether along the shore or beach or crawling from the water onto shore – with an uncertain look on his face. “Do I proceed or just stay here?”
I continued to browse other pictures but also kept coming back to this one. I thought that perhaps I might notice something that I’d not noticed before that would immediately give me clarity as to the purpose. Yet every time, the meaning still eluded me.
Perhaps the photographer’s intention was to remain evasive and capture our attention for that very reason. Perhaps the model’s intention was to convey uncertainty and doubt.
We’ll never know.
One thing that I do know is that this image continues to remain inside my mind. I constantly think about its obscure meaning. Maybe the photographer had no purpose in posing this scene than just showcasing one of his favorite models. Maybe he created it in order to confound me until the end of my days.
It haunts me. The more that I think about it – the more that I actually like it. Perhaps uncertainty is what was intended all along!