Exercise

PHOTO (Napoli – July 2014 – X100s)
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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.

Boot-camp

 

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)

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to overcome..

..your weaknesses.

Photo (London – March 2014)
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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.

Good Intentions

Torino – Pentax – 29mm – Kodak ColorPlus 200 – April 2014

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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.

Late evenings, clumsy nights

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Haven’t been here for quite a while. Consistency has never been my best characteristic and by now I should admit it to myself. I promise I’ll do better.
This is a special shot, printed it large and I like how it looks. One of three that have turned out how I expected. Wish I had this feeling more often. But I guess three out of 4 rolls is A fantastic result.

Spot(matic)-on

PHOTO (London – March 2014 – Scanned from film, printed and framed – Banana for scale)

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I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, completely guilty – but it’s not like i’ve been inactive. Did some shooting here and there, been loving the x100s of course, developed some rolls and most of all printed some cool shots. Or at least I think they’re cool.

This one in particular deserved a frame in my opinion. Printing is indeed a big element probably close to anything else in Photography but we’ve really been used to be satisfied with just looking at pictures on our screens. I just hope I don’t cave in to buy a printer now, as I already got too much shit around in my really small home.

This shot right here was in the subway station in London a couple of weeks ago. I had just walked through that spotlight on my way to the stairs and thought “man the light here is amazing” but not much was happening but without even thinking why, i set the shutter speed anyways. As i approached the stairs i crossed path with an old man. Francesca and i were the last people to leave the train so i was pretty sure no one was behind us, so after the old man passed me by, i turned around, waited for him to get in the spotlight and clicked. I ran up the stairs because she was already up at that time and i remember thinking “1/15 of a second was a lot, this is gonna turn out all shaky, wish i had 400 film and not a 200. I could have pushed it to 1/30 or 1/60 and got a real good shot”. So imagine my surprise after i got the roll developed and scanned! (yeah, with my process scanning 4 rolls would have taken me forever).

Anyway, here’s the original scan. Very proud of this shot – not much going on but i think the surroundings and the light and the man are all at the right place in the frame so i really like it a lot. I almost never get so excited about a shot of mine, but i really like the feeling! :-)

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