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Open space

Featured photo and ​some assorted quests for structuring this world

 

Summer breeze

In this photograph the dry herbs stir in the subtle wind. Far from pure abstraction, pastel colors and composition bring nevertheless a sense of harmony despite its strict objectual values.

 

Fresh rose

This is a photograph made inside a wooden box with a sensitive piece of paper. The beauty of the fresh rose became beautiful too in that negative view.

 

Unicorn

The magic of photography consists in making light (and all what it illuminates) passing through a tiny hole. The fact that some medieval people thought a unicorn horn is needed to make it, proves the existence of such a magic. A shame unicorns never existed.

 

The new camera

When you buy a new camera, what? You can make better photographs, use it in a different manner. Perhaps you think you don't need a new camera. But, when you wish a new camera, then you often end buying it. That does't mean that you need it. If you buy a new camera, then probably you would like another one next sometime. Even if you think you won't. But, if you don't really want to buy it you don't really have to. Then, you will think, I should have bought it. The same you would you shouldn't have sold that other one. But missing a camera is a silly thing. I mean you can buy another one exactly the same. And then. Then perhaps you won't like it any more.

 

Time flies

Rather than lifestyle the point of Leica making watches is experience. Their cameras are forever; and always were there. A kind of company statement. I’m comfortable with the brand cause I don’t need more cameras (or watches). I love its products and the fact of not owning them.

 

Abundant

"Bad art is abundant, good art is always in demand", one of the thoughts from the abundant ultimate photo fair.

 

Perfection

A tiny crop of the same size, just to have an idea about how a perfect expensive lens behaves

in relation with a fantastic cheap one

Both using the same 50 ISO film.

 

Virtuosism

When artists want to express how good they are in their activity they become really boring no matter how good they are.

 

Fibonacci's paradox

Perhaps the golden proportion is just a myth. I mean, we all know about this perfection:

Drawing Fibonacci's series from inside to outside, you get that beautiful result.

For an artist’s mind, obviously there's no much difference between 1.618..... and 1.6 if looking for some excellence in a rectangle. So, it is more than correct the assumption that "gold" is inside an 8 by 5 rectangle.

But see what happens if you draw it from outside to inside. In an 8 by 5 rectangle, draw a 5 by 5 square, then a 3 by 3, then a 2 by 2 and then ...

 

Then, just it doesn't work.

 

Photography, again

Of course photographs need to make us think, to stimulate our imagination. To be something else than the mere subject photographed, thanks to the visual properties of the medium.
Do photographs need to tell a story?, to be narrative. Or allegoric. Or poetic.
Do they need to be part of a project?, to have a preconceived intention about what they must transmit.
If that isn't again to reflexion about what photographs are, I don't actually get why is nowadays photography so focused into that. Perhaps photography fuel is already finished and photographs need to be at service of one or another discourse.
A project actually sounds very well. Maybe it's what people need to listen, maybe it's also what boosts photographers to work. But, why not getting a pen and write a lot about that. Documenting it if necessary.
Some people tell stories very well. Why then let photographs do that job? In the same manner some others are very good sociologists, politicians, psychologists or anthropologists, etcetera. Why then photographers have to take their place?
Photographers are observers of reality. Discourses, stories, ... don’t make photographs better.

 

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