PHOTO (La Habana – Sept.2014 -X100S)
It’s good to be back in my good old room. A lot of things have changed of course, but i can still feel comfortable enough. Got back yesterday from a 4 day business trip in the hills around Rome. Many hours and long days but good overall.
I was expecting a Friday night like the old days, but i can’t really expect much considering i’ve been M.I.A. in these past two years. But it’s all good – enjoying some quality time with my photo archive, mom’s pizza, learning to use my sister’s tablet, and picking up a friend at the airport.
SELFIE (Salento 2014 – Scanned film – Portra 400)
No words tonight, just gathering thoughts and thinking about where to focus my attention. I was sleepy a couple of hours ago, now I’d need a drink to get myself to bed. The picture sums up my state pretty nicely.
No further going through my recent trip pics, I just decided 5 seconds ago I’ll let them linger a little bit. Maybe a week or a month or more. Maybe getting things in order first will help.
PHOTO (La Habana Vieja – Sept.14)
Just got back home today after two awesome weeks. Lots of pictures taken (always wish I had more), both with my X100S and on film with my SPF. 900 digital plus 5 rolls of pictures that I can hardly even remember. I quickly went through a few of them, did a really rough edit, but there’s so much hours waiting for me there…. they’re gonna keep me busy for quite a while. Tomorrow I’ll get the rolls to the shop – hopefully have them back by thursday night by the time I’m through the initial edit.
Tomorrow I jump back on the wagon of everyday life – wish me luck.
PHOTO (Napoli – July 2014 – X100s)
Sometimes you look at a picture passively, maybe you appreciate the photo itself, you stay on it a little, and maybe after going on to the next you go back to look at it some more. You stall, and then you go forward. I don’t know about you but this happens to me more often than not.
I’ve noticed recently that reading books helps my shooting a lot – sometimes I’m looking at a scene and suddenly a picture I saw in a book comes to my mind. And in the past few weeks I’m noticing this happening more often.
So I came to the realization that this is something I need to improve (since I already do it naturally and I think it’s a good thing). I will try, as best as I can, to stop whenever I look at a picture and try to do answer these simple questions: what was the person thinking when he/she clicked the shutter button? What was the reason that made him/her think “Oh! This is something I need to shoot!”?. Simple as that. I’ll document the progress that comes out of this mental process in a few days/weeks.
Just a walk in my hometown with the sole purpose of consuming a roll of (expired) Portra that I bought last month half priced in Torino. I wish I had more chances like this to just spend a morning shooting, with some music in my headphones, on to explore a city that -I think- I know so well. I catch up so late to what I really could take advantage of. I realise now that if only I figured out street photography 2 years ago, I would have so much more material. I feel this small town is pulling me back, and since I’m just starting I need an easier pool to swim in – a bigger city.
Maybe the day I conquer my fear of approaching strangers to take their pictures in a small town, I’ll have a much easier time in the big city. Maybe this is just a boot-camp… one hell of a boot-camp though. The day I learn how to do it here, will change everything else into a piece of cake. That would be sweet.
Photos (Napoli – June 2014 – Spotmatic – Portra 400)
Photo (London – March 2014)
It’s what I need to do. Focus more on what I’m currently not able to do. I would love my pictures just that little bit more if only I took a few steps closer before I took the shot. This is what I’m missing, and what I plan to concentrate more in the future.
Torino – Pentax – 29mm – Kodak ColorPlus 200 – April 2014
I won’t even spend time going into how much it’s been since I set foot in this place. And honestly, I’m not even sorry.
I haven’t been standing still, and actually have been shooting quite prolifically. I just got a lot of crappy shots… The intention has always been there (hence the title to this post), just didn’t get much reward. I walked an awful lot of miles, spent a lot of time with my beloved x100s and my wonderful Pentax (probably more with the latter – I literally love the process of loading the film). I did a lot of experimenting with different kinds of film . Found some really shitty ones, and bought some expensive Portra400 which I tried and haven’t developed yet. But I can tell the results are slowly manifesting themselves and this above is a perfect example.
Probably the best thing you can do when in the streets is know your surroundings and try to understand how certain scenes can develop into something useful, even when all you see is just hint – like in this case. I was walking in Torino, Piazza Vittorio, with a series of pictures hanging of disabled people (this was just one of them). In the background this girl was running towards me, and the juxtaposition became evident as soon as I saw here. My camera was already set (I had been walking for a couple of hours) and so all I had to do was slightly adjust the aperture and wait.
I don’t think this shot is all that great but the intention is what I like. Two worlds so apart enclosed in one frame. A pat on the back, and on to better things.