my job requires me to attend a very interesting conference in Melbourne and I shall wander there for a couple of weeks after that (yes, it's terrible... I know you all pity me). So, starting from tomorrow, I will be collecting some more dust on my lens (presumably red dust) on a journey across one of the most amazing land on this planet. As I am not sure about internet connection while I'm traveling, and considering I hope I will be busier being in awe than fighting with a unwilling WiFi, I ask for your patience as this blog won't be updated regularly.
I am not a pious person. There have been though some places where I have felt sense of intimacy and depth. These sensations aren't necessarily related to religious places, but on some occasions it feels as if there were a certain aura hanging over a particular spot. This tiny ancient church (founded in the late XII century), about 15 min. away from home, is a place I have visited twice, mostly driven by photographic curiosity. During my latter visit, a sense of awe and reverence filled me while I was alone in the chapel. I'm grateful for it.
[The curious reader may find further information here ]
I must say I am flattered by your enthusiasm and prompt response to this little "experiment". I would really like to keep this as relaxed as possible, as it is meant to learn from us all, not to judge anyone's point of view. Feel no pressure whatsoever, as we surely have enough of it in everyday life. For this reason I plan to hold this odd contest once a month, although the frequency may depend on your response.
A few rules:
a) anyone can participate, even in anonymous form. b) keep your comment short, two lines at most. c) when sending me back your work, please state how you would like to be credited (for instance it may be your blog name, your real name, initials, etc) d) a deadline is set for publishing purposes only. Even if you're "late", I'll add your work to the published post anyway.
I would set the first deadline to Wednesday, June 18th. You may send your work at: hontonidesuka [at] yahoo [dot] com (the email is spelled to avoid robot spammers)
Without further ado, please find the first photo to undergo your keen scrutiny here .... and may the muses inspire you!
a recent comment on the varied approaches and interpretations of poems and photos triggered my curiosity. I am thinking about starting a new collection (whose tentative name could be "Far and near") to learn about our differences and similarities in sensibility and interpretation. The word "contest" in the title may be misleading, as I'm not planning any real contest, let alone a prize. A possible implementation could be:
1) Some of you volunteer to participate 2) I send you all the same photo 3) Starting from that photo, you (and I) will separately write a thought, an impression, whatever you may wish to, limiting it to 2 lines (similarly to my "Thoughts on two lines" posts) 4) Given a deadline, say one week, you send me your texts back and I publish them all under the photo (credit given to each of you obviously).
It goes without saying that this is planned as a collaborative effort and it will take place only if some of you show any interest. For this reason I have put a new poll on the sidebar, to ask for your feedback.
As it already happened, your opinion is most valuable.