I started to keep an (almost) daily blog when I was living in Sydney. For my convenience I would refer to it as “Vince”.
Vince has been my friend and travel-mate for more than a year. It helped me to face hard times and describe my emotions in a more logical way. I remember that it was fun receiving email and messages from people who followed me. It was my interior voice to express and describe my “new life” in Australia.
All the posts in Vince’s blog were in Italian and I’m still considering if it would be a good idea to translate them and put them back live. They are parts of me and they reflected my way of thinking during that time when I was changing so much.
But most important of all, Vince made me realize an important thing, the real meaning of the word “change”. Since then I started looking at change as something natural which i don’t have to fight with. I have a book that says: “”. How true is it.
Today I woke up still not believing how many things have changed in my life, starting from the place where I live to the people that I lost or got to know during these last 6 years since I left Italy.
Vince finally convinced me that is better to enjoy and living the moment, right now, because today I’m a different person than yesterday and the one that will be tomorrow.
p.s Vince comes from Vincent Gallo, a famous actor who I love.
In October 2016 my father died and since then I can’t stop thinking about how short our life on this planet is. He was sick and I knew that he would die soon, but I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. He was only 67 years old.
This loss has left me with a mixed feeling of emptiness and solitude – a feeling that I’ve never experienced before. I feel like my connection with this world and this life is broken, lost. He’s gone somewhere and I’m not sure if I will be able to see him again.
So what now? What should I learn from this dramatic (but also natural) event of my life? One thought, for sure, makes me reflect more than others: “Sooner or later I’ll be dead as well”.
The time we live on this planet is limited, it goes fast and we should take advantage of it as much as we can. Otherwise life becomes empty and useless. Do you have a dream? Try to do everything to make it happen. You don’t have a dream or a passion? Find it, look for it, because it will give you a reason for living. You don’t how? It all starts with your mind.
Stop doing things you don’t like, especially if you are doing them every day. That would already be a good a start. There is always a different path you can take, don’t get trapped in rational thinking – it will just demotivate you.
Don’t worry, I’m still working on it too. I still have to make my dream come true and the reason why I’m writing this post is actually to remind myself about it rather than to motivate anyone else. I’m not a motivator and I don’t have anything to teach you. I’m just a person who has realised that if you do something with passion, you know why your life here and now is important.
The important thing is to start and the time is now.
I took part in Assisi wedding in Reportage in 2015 and it was my first photography workshop ever. I remember I was very excited about it. My photography business wasn’t born yet at that time and I didn’t have much experience. I was just a passionate photographer who had shot a couple of weddings in Italy but very motivated to learn.
Some time ago (Feb 2107) I was back again for another edition of this workshop with a new and fresh curiosity. 2 full wedding seasons had already passed and my expectations as a photographer were different.
This time the masters were: Fer Juaristi, Roberto Panciatici and Rosita Lipari: three completely different approaches to photography that gave me a lot of new inputs and thinking.
Fer, a positive and easy going guy, simple and energetic. He taught me that it’s not important to be the best photographer, it’s enough to be different, and of course create amazing work. How to achieve that? Start with eliminating the obvious from your images, develop and research your vision and people will look at your work with interesting.
Roberto, a free spirit and sensitive guy who works in a very intimate way with his couples searching to create beautiful portraits of people hugging, kissing or just simply chatting. Working and listening to him helped me try something different in my photography – exit my “safety zone”.
Then Rosita, who is rewarded as 2nd best Italian wedding photographer of the 2016 by Anfm, is a true artist. Together with her husband Michele they focus on capturing “real moments” without omitting the quality of the photos. Their work is truly inspiring and makes me reflect a lot about mine.
“If you want to improve your work you should be as a child who’s surprised of the world, focusing on details and small things.”
“Photos are images created by the light reflected on the world, and so if you know light you will find photographs”, Rosita said, and it’s absolutely true.
Spending those days in full immersion with these people was absolutely magic for me. Even if I could only remember and apply a mere 1% of what was said, I believe it was worth being there.
Workshops are great opportunities for me not only to learn but also to share. I have the chance to get to know other experienced as well as beginner photographers and discover new aspects of photography. Just like you need a mirror to see your face, you need feedback from others to judge your photography. Photography reflects your inner self and sometimes it’s difficult to be objective about your work.
Then back home, it was the time to start thinking about how to improve my work and what to aim for when taking photographs.
The workshop made me discover another little piece of myself and I want to start from this to become a better photographer, or maybe a better person.