Monday, 10 April 2017

Three photos

Almost five years ago we enjoyed one of several spring and autumn vacations in Sorrento. You can find plenty of holiday brochure style shots on line. Here I am pleased to share a couple of 'street' photographs that I took on the fly with a simple point and shoot camera, set to auto everything and without even breaking my step as I wandered by. That's the joy of the Amalfi Coast's r-e-l-a-x-ed atmosphere where even photography is as casual as you wish. The flare on the third step is from  the late afternoon sun which cast the shadow of the railings onto the wall behind. Can you work out why the bottom step is tilting?

I haven't the foggiest idea who this young lady is and she was so engrossed in her painting that she wasn't even aware of my interest. This was a day later on Capri. In the same way that steps and doorways make for  good photos, so do pictures-in-pictures like this one.

That tilting bottom step in the top shot is because the steps aren't real. They are on an oil painting by Naples artist Raffael Starace which was at the entrance to an exhibition of his work. The 'tilt' is because of the angle the canvas made with the ground where the flowers are in its bottom right hand corner.

It was shady inside the exhibition and, when we saw the man himself at work, it could have been discourteous and distracting to use flash. That's why this final 'available light' photo is grainy.

All three photos are prints in an album so that we can trigger happy memories at the turn of a page [no 'devices' or batteries required] A far more tactile experience than clicking and swiping.

All three photos were taken within a 72 hour period and were absolutely unplanned and spotted by chance, but then serendipity tends to happen when you are open to it.

Those last two pictures feature people which reminds me that I so rarely include them when I am  about with a camera. Again, this is not deliberate, it is just one of those patterns that can occur in life although we may not be aware... until something offers a moment of insight.