If I had to choose my most special photographic moment of 2014 this would be it.
I will never be able to detach my own personal feelings from the value I grant each picture I take.
The bigger the connection with what, or who, is in front of the lens, the more valuable to me.
That’s one of the reasons I don’t like my pictures except those of the ones I love.
The end of the year is coming. On the first weekend of January I will perform my annual cleaning ritual and I will throw away hundreds of negatives. They mean nothing to me. They are just experiments from cameras and lenses and films.
On the other hand, pictures like this one…
This is my way of living my passion for photography, to capture the ones I love, to capture the things and places I love, and I mean really!! Love!
Yes, it’s great shooting Gérard Depardieu or Cristiano Ronaldo and all that but, pictures like this one are on a totally different level. For me this is what makes sense.
Very often I come to the conclusion that taking a picture such as this one is a selfish and primitive action.
Selfish because it means I wanted to own a moment, that moment. I can share it but it’s “mine”.
Primitive because I needed that symbol, that visual representation of a moment. I value that symbol like cavemen valued their paintings on the walls.
In the end we own nothing and no symbol can beat the richness of having lived a particular moment. I don’t need this symbol but I treasure the memories of a wonderful Sunday afternoon spent with a dear friend.
That moment is forever printed on my heart.
This picture is only printed on paper.
Thank you very much guys for being around in 2014.
Thank you for all the kind words, thank you for the respect and friendship. Thank you for visiting.
I will try to improve my English skills next year and also my photographic ones. I can handle English as for the rest… I will keep you posted about my failures!
Wishing you, and your families, a wonderful Christmas.