In the film, the two characters Paul and Auggie look over a collection of photographs, and Paul complains that Auggie's pictures all look the same. Auggie responds, "You'll never get it if you don't slow down, my friend."
"It honestly felt life-changing," Diana recalls. "It was like somebody from above telling me, 'Hey, the way you're working isn't leading to anything. You could be much more productive if you just stayed with a specific moment, a specific person and just invest in that.'"
Before watching the film, Diana was living a hectic life, trying to build a photography career in Chechnya. "As a photographer, I think I was so used to being in a state of responding and reacting to everything," she continues. "This passage in Smoke shifted my perspective of what photography meant to me. It wasn't about responding any more, it was really about being present and being able to stand still in that present."