"...If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.
Safeguarding the differences between poetry and photography, this passage from Rilke emphasizes the need to avoid typified genres and concentrate instead on our inner feelings, trying to see and express the greatness of the smallest things that make our everyday life. That’s the way I look at photography, right now.
It is not my intention to take photos with the purpose of making art. I just take my camera with me as many times as I can and shoot accordingly to the occasion, mood and opportunity. It can be random shots or it can be a series of photos about a particular subject. I decided to put a photoblog together because I felt the need to select, organize and, of course, share my photos with those eventually interested. I love to see photoblogs from other photographers because it’s a way to gain access to other worlds, other realities, other lives.
I like it when an image is able to convey feelings and moods in a efective way, without the need of a particularly exotic subject. I like the challenge of trying to capture strong images in my day-to-day environment, places that I already know so well but still manage to discover a new angle and a new vision of it. When we are in an exotic or unfamiliar place to us, part of this challenge isn’t there and it’s somewhat easier to make strong images on account of the novelty and strangeness of what you are seeing.
My blog contains also some archive shots taken between 2006 and 2009, when I traveled to India, Central America, Turkey and Bali. Those great trips revived a passion for photography, that had began in my teen years but was put asleep by the need to pursue a career in teaching and the will to raise a family.
The great trips have become less frequent now but the joy of photography has been growing stronger.
Thank you for stopping by.
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