After NYC

Dopo NYC                                                         please scroll down for english text, thanks

L’avventura di New York è finita. Ora è il momento di combattere il jetlag, rilassarsi e lasciar decantare un poco le emozioni vissute e trasformarle in ricordi. Iniziare a leggere i libri portati a casa. Sapete, non sono capace di  entrare in una libreria senza uscire con un bel po’ di carta e parole sotto braccio e se per caso (!) passo dal bookshop della New York Public Library, del MoMA o  dell’International Center of Photography allora le tentazioni sono forti. Peccato che il limite di peso dei bagagli imposti dalle linee aeree mi abbia frenato…

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The NewYorker…

The New York adventure is over. Now it’s time to fight the jetlag, relax and settle down all the emotions and transform them into memories. To begin to read the books I brought home. You know, I’m not able to enter  in a bookstore without going out with a lot of paper and words under my arm and if, by chance (!) I’m passing through the bookshop of the New York Public Library, of the MoMA or of the International Center of Photography in this case the temptations are very strong. Unfortunately the limitations in weight for the luggage by the flights companies stopped me a little…

Non so se sia giusto o come facciano gli altri ma io quando viaggio distinguo sempre fra un viaggio il cui scopo principale è la fotografia e quello in cui la fotografia è un’attività complementare. Nel primo caso esiste un progetto, un tema su cui concentrarsi e i movimenti e le attività sono decisi in funzione di quello, come è stato nel caso del nostro Progetto Praga. L’attrezzatura è adeguata al progetto e viene dedicato del tempo ad una visione delle immagini scattate sul campo giornalmente. Nel secondo caso invece si vive l’emozione e la sorpresa di un ambiente nuovo come capita, persone, luci, incontri casuali, odori, rumori, sensazioni. Certo come appassionati fotografi abbiamo sempre un apparecchio con noi e se qualcosa ci interessa scattiamo. Se poi dai vari scatti possa emergere un corpo di lavoro omogeneo con un suo significato non è così importante in questo momento. Si vedrà a posteriori, forse si, forse no. In ogni caso avremo delle foto che rimanderanno a delle emozioni e che verranno utilizzate in qualche modo.

20140328-093417.jpgI do not know if it is “correct” or how other people do but personally when traveling I always distinguish between a journey where photography is the main goal and that where photography is simply a complementary activity. In the first case there is an idea, a project on which to focus and the movements and activities are decided about it, as it was with our Prague Project. In the second case we live the emotion and the surprise of a new environment as it happens, people, lights, casual meetings, smells, sounds, feelings. Sure, as passionate photographers we have anyway a camera with us and if something catch our attention we shoot. If later from the various frames we’ll be able to extract an homogenous body of work it is not important at this stage. We’ll see later, maybe yes, maybe not. We’ll have anyway photos related to our emotions which could be used in a different way.

Questo viaggio era del secondo tipo e io avevo in tasca la mia folding Zeiss caricata con pellicole in bianco e nero. In qualche caso ho anche scattato con la piccola digitale.  E’ un mio limite ma trovo difficile scattare nello stesso tempo con due sistemi tanto diversi. Ne parleremo in un altro post! Dimenticavo, quelle foto in relax quasi giocose cui non so rinunciare le ho fatte con l’i.phone, confesso!

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Tourist or photographer? With american shoes…

This journey was of the second type and I had in my pocket the folding Zeiss with B&W film in it. I also shoot with the small digital sometimes. It’s probably one of my limitations but I find difficult to shoot two very different systems in the same circumstances. We’ll speak about this one of the next times. I was forgetting: do you know those playful photos which I cannot give up? Yes, I took with the i.phone, I admit!

Per finire qualche immagine di questa città in continua trasformazione.

To finish a few images from this city in a continuous transformations.

Osservazioni e commenti sono benvenuti e come (quasi) sempre potete cliccare sulle foto per una visione migliore. Grazie.

Your comments are welcome and as most of times you can click on the photos for a better viewing. Thanks.

7 thoughts on “After NYC

  1. Books are such wonderful bundles of memories to take back with you from anywhere, almost as good as taking a slice of the local life. I am very much enjoying the familiarity of your NY views Robert, regardless of which camera you used but difficult to imagine these days being anywhere without the iPhone as a back-up. As for distinguishing between the active and the passive of travel photography, it all depends on whether I am alone or in the company of friends and family!

    • Yes, the i.phone (it was the first time for me traveling with it) allows a kind of freedom which open new possibilities. Since my wife retired from work it’s almost impossible for me to travel alone (I’m not saying it is a bad thing) and this is influencing my way to photograph. Thus why I’m looking for a different approach. For sure I’ll come back about this in future.
      robert

  2. I recognize myself in every word you write, Robert. Book stores, yes, they are an irresistible temptation. And airlines should have special weight limitations for bibliophile people! Don’t they see the dilemma they create every time we go somewhere? I am also in with you when it comes to the two types of trips. Either I work photographically and devote myself completely to photography, or I travel for other reasons and, yes, still carry a camera, but photography becomes second hand. But I don’t think I would ever travel with out a camera, though. Unthinkable! I am glad you had a great trip to NYC. As always you show some marvelous pictures, whether taken with one or the other camera.

  3. It depends on whether your aim is to photograph for documentation to have something to remember by versus photography as some form of artistic expression. So, no right or wrong in my opinion. What matters is that you’re enjoying the journey🙂

    • First thanks for your comment Angelina, much appreciated. Usually for me it’s a combination, some photos are for the “family” to remember the places we have been. Recently my wife is doing more and more this. I think it’s an important to make records for the future times. Being my wife more involved in this I feel free to photograph what gives me emotions, it can be a color combination, a shadow on the street, the feeling a place gives me.
      You are correct, there is not right or wrong. And yes, I enjoyed it. No, important correction: we both, my wife and me enjoyed NYC! Time to think to come back!
      robert

      • How nice that your wife is getting into the action and complementing what you’re doing, and thus giving you more room to focus other aspects of your photographic journey🙂

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