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Open space

Featured photo and ​some assorted quests for structuring this world

 

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 Many photographers try to tell stories. For experts it seems a photograph without an original story is just nothing.

The “story” in my photographs is what I live. They’re not documentary though.

Halloween isn’t original. But for me it was very special to listen the bell, to open the door and to take this photo. But the story continued and after uploading it here I wherever dropped the memory card and, other than here, it doesn’t exist any longer.

Love

The love for old cameras is so common these days... As if people got tired of new ones. Of technology in a word.
Also they are cheap. Or better said they were, because after becoming fashionable their prices went to the clouds. Where a Brownie was 10 or 20, now it’s 120. Although no one wants old phones, even if they would work.

 

Why my father never had a Leica (but he did a DuPont lighter)

If he would have owned one, probably I would have been a normal person and bought a Leica as soon as I could.

There's no real reason for him to have bought a humble Kodak Retina instead.

Yes, he was quite aware of the last wave because he got a Rolleiflex.

But, after that, where is his Leica? Why a Retina?

No way

 

Meanings

Paradoxically, manipulating (old) photographs in the search of new meanings destroys its original one.

 

This is why

“This is why the camera seems to me, next to unassisted and weaponless consciousness, the central instrument of our time; and is why in turn I feel such rage at its misuse: which has spread so nearly universal a corruption of sight that I know of less than a dozen alive whose eyes I can trust even so much as my own.“

James Agee, Walker Evans. Let us now praise famous men

 

Art

Photography is art for instance when manipulating antique photographs, as it can be deduced from an important photographic contest. Not the art of seeing though.

 

Color & black and white

Black & white is very useful although it doesn’t exist in the real world.

 

The new camera

Then, if the new camera does what you thought it had to, then you're fully satisfied. Although if it does just what it does maybe you would enjoy it best.

 

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. But well, 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.

 

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