That feeling you get, the anticipation that leads up to a moment you recognize on many levels as a moment to capture, predicates the picture and therefor remains a separate moment before synthesized in form as the image. Before the camera reaches your eye, or before your hand focuses and clicks the shutter, a moment has occurred that embodies the emotion you desire to capture and make into a picture. This moment may live in the image thereafter, if the timing is right, but more frequently will forever live in latency.
A moment of discovery happens either after the camera reaches your eye or after you dedicate yourself to the act of making an image. A surprise or disappointment that falsely represents your initial perception. Beyond honesty with yourself and understanding you are not in control, we claim the ability to anticipate these moments.
We engage our world with an eye that is trained to see in our own peculiar way. The stimulant that inflames us to look further, to engage, offers us a chance explore our own curiosities about the world and a chance to respond with images that communicate life as we try to understand it. An accepted position of ignorance allows us to build on the latency of a moment that leads up to making pictures.
It is when I do not take a picture that I either wish I had, or I am glad I had not.
Short List of Sources of Inspirations: Edward Burtynsky, Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, Elliot Erwitt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Josef Koudelka, Richard Misrach, Joel Meyerowitz, Sabastio Salgado, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Garry Winogrand, and many many more.
Many of the above listed as inspirations may be found here: PHOTOGRAPHY NOW