“Photography keeps the moments open, which the driving of time immediately closes, it destroys the crossing, the interlocking, the metamorphosis of time, which painting makes visible because the horses have the movement from here to there within them, because they put one foot in every moment. “(Maurice Merleau-Ponty)
That is why the recordings that show us the mountain in those pioneering years are so instructive. It is not just the grandiose motif, the irretrievable part of the work of the photographers that draws the viewer of the sensational Montblanc photos: We experience in them the irreversible link between vision and technology. ”(Werner Spies)
Photos, nothing but photos, even in poster size, all around us and yet hardly any anthropological understanding of what this is doing to us, where it drives us, how photos affect us, how they speak to and with us and what tropics they are trigger in us unnoticed. We communicate with each other in everyday life more through photographic images than we are aware of. Sometimes like the spiritual pillow painter Gotthard Graubner a good sixteen years ago, who presented photos of his trip to Bhutan in 1976 without comment, as if mute pictures had more eloquence and transparency than so many words, and who also told me about himself there to have found a kind of trance, obsessed with taking pictures….
It has too often been said that the multiplicity of photographic images causes a “catastrophic congestion” (Bernard Lamarche-Vadel) which harms our reading of the world. Faced with their generalized proliferation, if the viewer does not find a satisfactory distance in his eyes, he will feel disgust, and soon indifference.
Returning to the nature of photography and the extreme variety of its uses is to demonstrate healthy discernment. It is the context and situation of an image that determines its meaning.
The reason why each person decides to start taking pictures is very varied. Perhaps due to the fact that nowadays we all have a camera in hand at any time of the day, it prevents us from asking the famous question of why do we take photos?
But if accessing a camera were more complicated or expensive as it was before the digital age, we would surely think about it a lot more.
It is clear that each person has their motivations, such as the one who likes nature to which he dedicates part of his time and wants to return home with those incredible views that he has enjoyed. Or those who go on a trip and want to immortalize those moments and keep the memories alive. Those who like to photograph their family or simply those details that they see every day.
Photography is a very important element for the conservation of our planet. From climate change to those natural spaces that are not cared for as they should.
At first, photography may seem like just setting an aperture and speed, but it is much more than that . Several photographers can capture the same situation in a totally different way.
Each person sees things in a different way so our photographs will be different. The motivations and background of each person is different and therefore the intention when shooting as well. With photography we can not only take beautiful photos, but also convey a message . Throughout history we have witnessed iconic photographs precisely because they convey a very specific message, which at that time was very important.
The most beautiful and, at the same time, the most difficult thing is to be able to tell a story with a photograph .
Sometimes you come across situations where you wonder what is happening and you photograph it. There are times when the message is clear, but other times the interpretation is free, like those films with an open ending.
Obviously, there are types of photographs that lend themselves more to this, such as the ones I mentioned above of photojournalism, documentarism, conservationism, etc …
But photography is much more, in fact, the journey ahead of us is great and it must try to convey much more .abrivating the merely documentary photographs, we must try to give it a meaning, to seek to transmit. Convey feelings, convey feelings, try to get people to see your photograph and feel the same as you felt, or what you wanted to capture when you pressed the button .