History actually tells us more about the person asking the questions.
We stand where we are standing, feeling what we feel, seeing what we see. What we question and what we want to understand and share with others in the future are influenced by our point of view.
Annie doesn’t understand why we don’t love the water the way she loves the water. She is one plunge away from plunging, but something is keeping her from the water. What is it that she sees?
Annie’s photographer. He sees a moment he’d like to capture on film (may we still say film in the digital world?) What he’d like to remember and share for the future is the memory of Annie being so full of the day, the water and the meadow.
Annie’s photographer’s photographer is capturing the day, as well. Years to come, what she will remember of this moment is the way her father became entirely absorbed in watching her German Wire-Haired Pointer have her way with the day.
Of course, someone else was taking photos that day. And naturally, it will be her version of what happened that day that will be recorded in the history books. Annie, the dad and the daughter? Their memories of this day will be different. They weren’t standing where I stood.