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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
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)
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!
- Visitors Walked Through Sculpted Clouds in Linz, Austria (mymodernmet.com)
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.
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.
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.