“BE YOURSELF, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY”
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My dear readers today I want to post these two portraits of my colleague in which we can see that in the first one the face is totally blurred in contrast to the second. Today I want to ask you to write to me what you think when looking at this blurred face; like in any portrait, people fantasy with their minds by making strange faces or expressions: don’t be ashamed to show you how you are, don’t hide your sensitivity, don’t hide your imperfections, don’t worry about what others say. Life is one, you cannot spend it hiding from it for fear of others’ judgment. Be yourself. Selfie is to manipulate the experience of life not to tell the truth, but to write a story. In portraits the faces are not faces, but gestures, will, messages; a portrait has an enormous communicative power, and in addition it is “universal and immediate. It reaches everyone and does not need any explanation. Not only narcissus. Behind the self-timer is a new way of telling oneself and an ancient desire. At the moment, therefore, the fields remain conceptually and formally distinct: on the one hand, the narcissistic dimension of self-service; on the other hand, the psychological digging of the self-portrait. The same difference between fashion and art. Selfie has to do with aesthetic and self-referential complacency, with a momentary mood or physical state of mind, and represents a narcissistic affirmation of vanity. The self-portrait, on the other hand, is a slow digging work in one’s personality.
Nor is it true that all the people who post selfie are insecure, seeking confirmation to strengthen self-esteem. In fact, there are many other motivations that push people to post selfie: it is a real form of communication.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”
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My dear readers today I decided to post this photo to talk to you about a theme that we all have had or will have at least once in our lives: a dark period, that moment in which we realize that we have touched the bottom, which is not a negative thing but rather in my opinion sometimes you have to touch the bottom, to see the sky from another perspective, because in life to appreciate what we really have to see things from the outside (in this case we have to see things from the darkness).
But the darkness is not only fear and terror, but also hides precious things that we could not have seen in the sunlight, because blinded by its brightness. When the darkness surrounds you, there is always a small light there. Learn to always look for it.
My dear readers, light is something phenomenal: when we are in the oxen even a small light can guide us towards the goal. I too had dark periods where I realized that I had really touched the bottom but thanks to this I found that glimmer of light that really made me understand what I was and what I was able to do. So, my dear readers, don’t be afraid if you find yourself in a “dark” period; on the contrary, be aware that this means that it is your moment that from now on things will only improve.
In conclusion, I want to let you know: If you are going through a dark period, don’t be afraid! The darker it is, the more you see the stars.
Let me know how you think about it! Leave a comment.
ART IS BEAUTY, THE PERPETUAL INVENTION OF DETAILS, THE CHOISE OF WORDS, THE CAREFUL ATTENTION TO EXECUTION.
Dear readers, this evening I wanted to post this photo because I want to talk to you about the details, about how even the smallest details can change the way things are seen. HERE when we look at anything that is a picture as in our case or anything else, if we can see the details that I hide we will be able to interpret the real message that there within anything. The details make perfection, but perfection is not a detail. So grasping a detail is the intelligence of understanding the whole. It sounds strange but the small details that are imperceptible tell us everything! Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of details, the choice of words, the careful attention to execution. In photography, the smallest thing can be an excellent subject. My method is simply based on the observation of details. So we must go there where everyone stops, beyond appearances. It’s always a question of details, those you know where others go straight away. A fundamentally safe person will not get anguished if minor details or issues turn out to be against expectations. But, in the end, the details are important, the right and wrong way to act are in the small things. Without details it would be all much more boring, because it is the details that convey emotions to us.
THE BEST IDEAS DO NOT COME FROM REASON, BUT FROM A LUCID, VISIONARY MADNESS
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Concentrate on a point in your mind (where vacuum reigns) and use all the brain energy you have to form something, exactly there. Strive, forward, even further! That’s it! A light bulb is on above your head. It’s an idea. The starting point is the one that has been passed on to us by friends, professors, relatives and ancestors. Our knowledge is formed mostly by oral means: whether something is handed down from the past, through the voice of the dead, or told about the moment, we are there to welcome it or throw it into the ground. Starting from all this we (I do not know, yes, you) form our ideas, or at least the shoots of them, those immature principles ready to be cultivated real ideals. The ideas that we are aware and consenting to follow, for those who have not understood. The point is to see how willing we are to share them and let others influence them. This is a different light. Not only that of the light bulb that appears in the darkness of the mind, after the immense effort that you have made, but also that of a lighthouse that we can address wherever we want. It does not aim for the future in search of continuous progress or improvement, but it becomes aware of what is present, of what we are now. Look inside, turning your eyes backwards: you have a chandelier/brain! With various bulbs off some time ago, but still hung. Dampen them, screw them in well and see if your life really reflects them properly. Ideas work like bulbs, we used to say: they light up where it was previously dark. Close your eyes. Squeeze the meninges until the smoke comes out of your ears.
For this reason, my dear readers, if you have ideas cultivated, do not let them die; because without ideas we will feel without creativity.
This is why I leave you with this image in which we can see that the symmetry does not match the background.
The light bulb seen as a creative symbol, the focus as imagination, this means that it takes time to focus on an idea, but when we manage to focus on it we will be able to interpret the real message behind an image.
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Dear readers and dear readers, today I want to post this photo in which we can see a work wall with lots of tools. I took this photo in a workshop and made me think a lot. To take a good photograph it is not enough to have only a good room, but above all a good imagination, a good perspective of things, creativity and so on. All these things I want to compare with tools. Already. As a mechanic has his English key, every photographer has his tools (physical and not) indispensable! All of us have a wall with all our hanging tools. But all these tools I want to compare them to our life, each of us starts with a wall that seems empty, but only time, experience, sacrifices allow us to fill our wall with a lot of “tools” but not just need to fill it but we must be able to know how to take care of it.
IN THE DARK THERE IS ALWAYS A GLIMMER OF LIGHT, A SHRED OF HOPE
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This photo, my dear readers, has brought me to mind a tide of thoughts and that’s why I wanted to immortalize in this photo a fence of wood completely ruined, destroyed and I compared it to a kind of prison or an obstacle. Because if we stop for just a moment to think not all prisons have bars: many are less evident and it is difficult to evade because we do not even know that we are prisoners. They are the prisons of our cultural automatism that castrate our imagination, a source of creativity. As a famous essayist says:” Creativity is the art of summing up two and two getting five”. Creativity is undoubtedly the most important human resource without which there would be no progress and we would always repeat the same schemes/errors. Photography fixes the sensitive image produced by light in infinite paper or digital traces of the world. The photographer’s revealing gaze transforms the forms of everyday life, capturing images by stealing them from existence, from the most trivial events, from details or from anomalous appearances. As in magic, it transcends the apparent boundaries of reality sometimes in favour of phantomatic images born from the bottom of one’s conscious, immemorial or imaginative existence.
SOMETIMES YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU WANT IN A PHOTO
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The photographic medium reveals the world as it appears to the eyes of the photographer rather than to our eyes. It is a world of truth and deception, misunderstandings or optical tricks. This photo, my dear readers, I interpreted it as a typical theatrical evening, one of those elegant evenings lived more or less around the 50”s in the scenery of an old Broadway: a return to the past, in that Broadway elegant, lively, harmonic, romantic. After all, it’s always a place in my small town. That’s the fact that some photos need to involve people, places and situations. Although not in black and white, this photo gives me the emotion that only a black and white photo can give me.
”IF YOU FEEL EMOTION YOU MUST LIVE IT”
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I’m here again I write or rather here is my reflection on “how to capture emotions” (if possible). Being a photographer, there are countless times when I would have liked to have stopped the “moment”, the moment; never end it because it was simply magical, because full of emotions. But the question I often ask myself is whether it is possible to capture emotions. I do not actually know in material terms whether this “thing” is possible, but I know that in every shot there is emotion. For this reason, before capturing the emotions, I certainly commit myself to living them. If an emotion feels it is better to live it.. As a great photographer says ”It is an illusion that photos are taken with the camera… they are made with games, with the heart, with the head.”
IMAGINATION IS THE CENTER OF YOURSELF
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Dear readers, tonight I decided to post this photo because I want to explain to you how our imagination works. If we look at this photo we can see a sort of symmetrical cross and a camera in the background; if you look well at the camera lens you will notice that it is not centered with the center of the photo; we say that the mind represents the cross and the lens represents the camera, we can move as we want with the machine but the center of the cross represents our imagination and creativity and that’s what leaves us the focus. Imagination is a quality that has been given to man to compensate him for what he is not, while the sense of humor has been given to him to console him with what he is. There is something more important than logic: imagination.