POINTS OF VIEW
Translated in collaboration with "Windsor Institute"
general I have always felt that we look at pictures too quickly, almost without
pausing. We pick up a picture give it a glance and pass on to the next one: just
a simple visual impression without taking the time to absorb the detail
contained in the picture; without placing value on the esthetic or trying to
understand the photographerís intention.
thatís what happens on all levels. Whether we look at simple holiday snaps or
a collection of family photographs or even the images in newspapers and
magazines. Even when we visit an exhibition, we just pass the pictures as if we
are being chased by an evil spirit.
a spectator I have been guilty of this. But from the photographerís point of
view this is a frustrating situation since he has normally through about his
photograph and through it has tried to impart some idea, feeling or emotion.
Logically, he expects a more attentive contemplation from the spectators that
will allow some kind of communication, a minimum dialogue.
idea I have just expressed has often made me stop to study a photograph; to give
it a moment of stillness, to examine the different elements and to put it in its
generational and cultural context to let memory do its work and bring ideas,
recollections or images related to its subject or esthetic. Finally, to let the
necessary time pass so that the evocative power of the photograph can manifest
is a very gratifying exercise which I would like to share with you. For this
reason I have chosen pictures of importance by great photographers and Iíve
let them take me to their worlds. In doing so Iíve enjoyed all the power of
the picture and Iíve been able to appreciate the richness and mastery of the
authors. If you enjoy this experience then you will know what to do. Itís
within your reach. Nothing could be simpler; it takes only a few minutes more.