Trying to hold back the sea was futile. Nor was there any way to take a cast of the sand. He could run back home for his camera. That would at best preserve a record of the work, not the picture itself. And if he did try this, by the time he got back, the image would probably have been erased by the ocean. Perhaps then he should simply enjoy this private view as long as it lasted. As he stood watching, he didn’t know whether to smile or cry.”
Source: The pig that wants to be eaten – 100 experiments for the Armchair Philosopher by Julian Baggini
What Roy experienced in the above extract is something we all go through on a regular basis.
Whether to record a video of the event or enjoy it live? Whether to take a selfie or just enjoy the view?