Photography as a keyhole

Photography is certainly a good tool, for processing and otherwise. It surely helps if you notice as if tomorrow you won’t be able to notice any more. For the day will come.

Today’s musing is brought to you by three quotations on photography which I’ve come across recently:

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.
~Ralph Hattersley (reblogged from myguiltypleasures)

All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.
~Elliott Erwitt

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.
~Dorothea Lange (the last two quotations reblogged from Jane Lurie Photography)

Usually I post happy pictures – universally “pretty”, be it picture-postcard cliché or quirky. But sometimes what I see is not all that nice, and I try to understand and fail. Still at other times it makes me love these people even more.

Rome’s Monteverde is a good testing ground with real people, dogs, cats, seagulls, parrots and plants. Today I’ll focus on the first and last and show you what all is growing around here and how people help.

19 thoughts on “Photography as a keyhole

  1. Fun and interesting photo report! Beautiful and ugly. A myriad of complicated reasons for not doing something simple and necessary: yes, that too sounds like Italy. My favorite photo was the banana tree, tropical and nicely composed! 💕

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    1. Thank you, SMSW. 🙂 Just recently a (biologist) friend of my sister visited my parents’ garden in Piran and famously said: “What kind of a garden is this without a banana tree?” So we’re getting one in Piran too. 😀 As for Italy – never a dull view…

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  2. They say that people aren’t paying attention when they take photos (with phones, I think) and they don’t remember a place as well as if they had looked at it with their eyes. Yet, I think that for poets are artists it is different. You pay attention in a different way. I enjoyed looking at the details of these streets. They look so different from the streets around me in Wales (its raining here for a start). I feel like I came on the walk with you!

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    1. Oh, Emma, this is so great! I love taking you on a walk. I think a big part of why I do this, blog, is because usually it’s only me on a walk and there is only this many things I can show to bestia until he gets bored with my humanness. 😀

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