Did you ever fall for that mellow feeling and ended up saying to yourself “I guess I just wasn’t made for these times” like in that beautiful song by The Beach Boys? I did, but I ultimately realised that’s just not the case.
I was born in 1980. This allowed me to live the actual 80s, not the Hollywood edulcorated and pseudo nostalgic version that’s so trendy right now. Being born in 1980 I was transitioning from adolescence to adulthood as Internet appeared and then became relevant — the same fact also allowed me to start shooting film and then to gradually adopt digital cameras as they evolved. My first digital camera only shot in 640×480 pixels (0.3 megapixels); my first phone with a camera shot in 160×180 pixels (0.03 megapixels). I lived these two important transitions –– the arrival of Internet and the move from film to digital –– and I believe I was incredibly luck.
I believe it would be silly to try and stay stuck in the past. You know, writing your novels only with an old Underwood typewriter and shooting your photos only with soviet era rangefinders. I did both things, in my attempt at defining myself. I luckily understood how utterly pointless that is. We are creatures of our own time: we live our moments, deal with our realities and react to it. Yes, film is not dead. But film is not the only thing existing. I believe in embracing and experiencing everything without prejudices. I feel I became a better person since the day I realised this.
What about photography? This will be mostly a photography blog after all. And my job is actually to shoot photographs for clients –– mostly architecture and luxury real estate, at the moment. Photography got somewhat mixed with my passion for sketching, drawing, painting and computer graphics. It all comes down to the same urge of creating something — the need of taking what I perceive as reality and turn it into a vision, a memory, a new reality altogether. Photography has to be driven by a need for creation and communication, I think. I remember my days as a concept artist, and though I miss them I can also see their legacy –– I can now digital paint quite well and do other activities which are unknown to most of my competitors. The endless hours painting and drawing on the Wacom paid back, just not in the way I envisioned at the time!
I write a lot and over the time I managed to put together a certain amount of notes about photography: I decided to start a new blog and share some of these notes –– I hope you will find them useful. Some of my points of view on photography are not very popular among photographers: I tend to have my own opinion about things. Some people are not happy because of such a daring fact 🙂
I hope you will enjoy the content of this blog. I will post ideas, advices, reviews, works in progress, resources and whatever will seem appropriate at the moment. I also tell you what I will not post: sponsored reviews, affiliate links, and generally speaking shady ways for monetizing this place. I want to share knowledge and feedback outside of the terrible social networks we are dealing with every day. I believe it is possible to communicate and share in a better way, and I want to try that.
Don’t stop chasing visions.
See you around.