Corsica July 2013
Corsica
July 2013
undulate
Bonifacio, Corsica, July 2013

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I know this photo is far from perfection, and yet there’s still something catchy to me.

Amsterdam, October 2012
Amsterdam, October 2012

Third entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge.
This was the second and that’s the first!

Sometimes I can’t help but thinking about a person I used to know. It was the time I had a very ordinary digital camera and I was a thousand miles far from thinking that, one day, I could have ever had a reflex. This person used to tell me it was not me being good in taking pictures: I just happened to be in beautiful places, thus I could not take any credit for pushing the camera button. Somehow, it was convincing enough that I only managed to shoot average pictures.

5 years later, I found out we do not ALL see the same thing when we are looking at something. Speaking about me, I always search for something different, unexpected and unusual to shoot at. So when I happened to be in my dream swimming-pool, it was actually just a big, bright, beautiful but quite empty room. Until I noticed the reflection on the floor.

Sometimes the best comes when you turn something upside down.

I would now tell to all that kind of people:

Who’s to say
what’s impossible?

as the surface breaks reflections fade

As my mind begins to spread its wings
there’s no stopping curiosity

I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found

Who’s to say
I can’t do everything?
Well I can try
and as I roll along I begin to find
things aren’t always just what they seem…

(“Upside Down”, Jack Johnson)

Linz, Austria, July 2011
Linz, Austria, July 2011

 

Two years ago I was in Linz, Austria, and during my staying I happened to visit a very interesting exhibition held in the city centre. The theme was wind, water and everything related to it (fog, rain, ice, etc.). It took place in a pretty big building, so visitors had to go through many rooms, floors, terraces.

I believe I was not the only one, as a child, who daydreamed about having a swimming-pool in the dream apartment. By this, I don’t mean a proper swimming pool, but a room filled with water, where to jump in just opening the door.
What I found in one of the rooms of the exhibition, was terribly close to my childhood dream…

Let’s say it was a dream coming true!

Linz, Austria, July 2011
Linz, Austria, July 2011

W.P.C.: Grand 2.0

Grand.
Again.
After my previous post, I could not stop thinking that one can actually find a ‘wow factor’ or something impressive even in a little thing, like a small puddle, because, in facts, I had a small stunning puddle in my mind. So here it is.
Corsica.
Again.
Somewhere in the woods around Cape Corse, there was this little pool highlighted by a ray of light that passed trough all the trees branches, just to greet some small tadpoles.

Somewhere around Cape Corse, Corsica, July 2013
Somewhere around Cape Corse, Corsica, July 2013

Where it all began

Four years ago, I started taking photography a little more seriously.
I’ve never studied it, nor I knew someone dealing with it, so,  in the first place, I went to a newspaper shop and found, among others, this magazine named Il Fotografo (= The Photographer). It looked like the most serious to me and the graphic design was appealing too.
Now. I have to admit I’m not a good learner if not in front of a teacher, thus, despite I bought many issues of the mag, I barely read more than a couple of articles. What made me going on in buying it, was a specific section: “Esercizio a tema” (= theme exercise). Every month, the assigned writer gave the reader a new theme to practise shooting, setting a deadline few weeks later. In a next issue they would have then published the 100 best pictures they’d received. Before the closing date, one could send up to five photos, so did I.

The theme was “Sull’acqua”, that can mean both above/about water. At that time, I was a real newbie and I didn’t own a reflex yet: I had just a Canon powershot A300.
With: “3.2Mpx, digital zoom”, I think I’ve said it all.
2.743 readers participated that month. I was one of the 100 selected.

The photo they chose, was taken in Sweden, not far from Stockholm, at Drottningholmslotts parken, a long swedish word meaning: the Royal Castle Park.
This picture has more than one meaning to me, but let’s just say, the publication of it, it’s where everything began.

Drottningholmslotts parken
Drottningholmslotts parken, Stockholm lan, Sweden, March 2009.
Photo appeared on “Il Fotografo”, n.213 January 2010, Sprea editors