I think one of the things I love most about photography is that it often elevates the mundane. When you stop a moment, and preserve it forever, and take the care to frame it, light it, and chose one moment over another, you effectively tell the world – or anyone who cares enough to look at your work; Look at this! And if, even in these mundane moments of life, we find something worth looking at, worth showing the world, then we’re effectively saying, Nothing is mundane. When the elements all come together within the simple frame of a photograph to produce something greater than we’d have noticed without that captured moment, it’s magical. And as life is full of these moments, waiting to be seen and captured, they’re magical whether we do or don’t have the camera. The moment is the point, not the photograph. Photographers are learning to see, to stretch life out into a long series of noticed moments, and there’s a gift in this – if Socrates is right and the unexamined life is not worth living, then the unobserved life seems equally tragic. Sometimes a moment is just a moment, but isn’t that what life is all about?
If the poet-philosopher stuff doesn’t appeal to you, here’s the other stuff. We were eating lunch and this man was beside us with his wife. I shot this from the ankle, the camera resting on the floor, with a Zeiss 50mm/1.4 set to f/16 and prefocused. And then I waited. I shot it low because no other angle gave me the lines this one did. Not sure why but I love this photograph and if it’s all I come back from Italy with I’m content to have seen this moment. Makes me smile every time.
I’m still plugging away in Venice. Yesterday it rained cats and dogs (and I got my boots wet – stepped in a poodle) but I came back, soaked, with some images I like. Was one of those evenings you just go and apply yourself to the work, look for the muse and hope she’s not hiding in a cafe somewhere while you’re out getting wet. I fly home on Sunday, so I’ve got 3 more evenings to shoot, including today, so I need to run. Ciao bella.