In the never-ending quest to never miss a moment, do photographers run the risk of missing the point? Photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström argues that sometimes, you just need to stop and look.

“They call the snow leopard the ‘ghost cat’,” Sean whispers to Walter as they hide from view behind a rock, high in the Himalayas. The duo is in Afghanistan, where Sean has been tracking the leopard for days. “Never lets itself be seen—beautiful things don’t ask for attention,” he adds.

“When are you going to take it?” Walter prods, referring to Sean’s telephoto lens.

“Sometimes, I don’t,” Sean explains. “If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”

“Stay in it?” Walter asks, confused.

“Yeah. Right there. Right here.”