Photography Day One

As I am currently telling my roomies, there was some tension happening between me and my photography professor today. (Totally kidding family and Eric) But seriously, what is it about Italian men? Italian people for that matter. They just have an aura, which I intend to unsuccessfully emulate. I also think they stop aging at 35, but that’s just a working theory. Add to that the fact that English spoken in an Italian accent with that pack-a-day rasp is approximately 683 times sexier than American English…

Anyway. I really enjoyed my first photography class. Particularly the part when he rambled about his theory on photography. It’s not recording, it’s creating. It’s not documenting travel, it’s bringing yourself to your subject. Read the following in broken English with an Italian accent:

“This is the first Copernican Revolution. It’s not taking things from the outside but from inside out.”

This is PLS Scientific Inquiry in action people. (#thingsnooneseversaid) But seriously, I couldn’t help but break into a smile. I almost want to tell Stapleford this happened. My brain was immediately flooded with thoughts of films flying off objects into my eye and images of the Aristotle soul diagram on the whiteboard with Lesley. Missin’ all you PLS peeps.

He also talked about what people think travel photography is vs. what it should be, people using cameras to record images vs. photographers. Maybe by the end of the semester I can make my way into the latter category. Kick your mental Italian accent filter into gear again:

“The Colosseum does not need your picture to be a great masterwork. But my feet, my feet are nothing. But maybe with your picture, they become a work of art. That is the magic of photography.”

Come on, how inspired are you right now? We also watched this clip, an interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson, which I loved so I had to put it on here. Apparently he’s considered the father of modern photojournalism, and a master of candid photography. He died in 2004, which my professore seemed genuinely distressed about. (Colleen and Katie did you study him? Hit me up). So yeah, the creative juices are flowing.


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