At fairs the photographer has the opportunity to capture unusual lights, dizzying situations and images of suggestive rarity. There are frightening attractions with terrified screaming teenagers, noise, smells, clouds of artificial gas and the smell of fast food. But everyone, children, parents and older people have a great time.
Shapes today are dominant over the representation. I do not want to watch for the meaning of undulating chains, a giant shell, two stones at right angles, the capricious curves of a crowd of chairs, the girl who goes down the steps, the small woman in the distance of a cloudy forest, or the lunch with the windows and the backlighting walls. Today must be the shapes that speak. I like it enough. It is complex for me to explain the meaning. An intellectual exercise that spoils what one sees when enjoying or feel a photograph.
The night is full of surprises. A showcase where to set the focus, capture scenes and test the abilities of the photographer.
On a quantum level the laws of physics overflow our cartesian existence. If we imagine the subjects as quantum particles, the photographer would attend an experiment in the Nature’s laboratory.
Sometimes the protagonists are distributed with mastery in the framework of photography. Random, luck and opportunity make their appearance.
In the sand of a beach, during the summer, you can discover acrobats of concentration, acrobats who make the vertical to read an invisible book and acrobats who perform risky somersaults driving themselves into the trunk of a tree from a shipwreck. Anything goes up.
Although they hide from the sun its splendid magnificence makes us succumb to its charm. From the lush landscape, the detail of its stems and leaves, and the sinuous fractal detail that nature deposits in its seed containers.
I especially like the flower in the pond. It has been almost a miracle to do it. The rest of the series has no special interest but can be seen without further ado. I like the one of the girl who doesn’t have her feet on the floor and watch a guy who looks in the same direction. Today I did something with the shadows. The projected branches in the sand… Summer, days, casual things.
Seeing a photograph is a visual and intellectual pleasure. Just like reading a good book, just like listening carefully to an immortal concert or opera. Sometimes relationships are established between the elements of the image, certain contrasts, a kind of dialogue between the subjects. I do not mean the composition or the usual rules of the four thirds, I speak about the subtle situations. In this series I especially like the photograph of the woman who crosses La Rambla. The female protagonist establishes a formal relationship with the three-arm lamppost. Why? The woman also has three arms and a point of distant light at the tip of the nose!
Some of Garry Winogrand’s best photographs are those of people observing something that is not seen in the image. It is fascinating. It allows the observer to think about what the protagonists are looking at, then establishing a mock reconstruction of the real world where the imagination of the public is put to work for some good one: it is, they must be in, and so on. With this resource today I have proposed to photograph people who look without showing the focus of their eyes. Thanks, Garry!
Finding a white background in a city is almost a miracle. The subjects lack external reference and the eyes are concentrated in their details: clothing, style, action, physiognomy. A gift for lovers of street photography.
An attempt to capture the transience of light in black and white, snapshots with fixed optics at f/8, sometimes tricking the camera’s photometer with high speeds in order to create sharp contrasts. Check inside the post the full gallery.