One more with motion…
One more with motion…
One of my favorites images from Cuba. She just passed me as she was walking towards her classroom and I asked her to stop for a second and pose for me facing the wall. One of my friends tried to move the chair out of the frame and, when I told him to keep it there, both of them looked at me quizzically. Even so she obliged and helped me to get the photograph I had imagine just a few second before.
The old, passive and rusted side by side with the new, assertive and beautiful youth. An absolute dichotomy, just like Cuba!
Uno de mis imágenes favoritas de Cuba. Ella pasó por delante mío mientras caminaba hacia su salón de clases y yo le pedi que se detuviera por un segundo y posara para mí de cara a la pared. Uno de mis amigos trato de mover la silla fuera de mi composición y, cuando le dije que la dejara allí, los dos me miraron con curiosidad. Aún así ella aceptó y me ayudo posando para que yo pudiera tomar la fotografía que había imaginado solo unos segundo antes.
Lo viejo, pasivo y oxidado al lado de la nueva, asertiva y hermosa juventud. Una dicotomía absoluta, lo mismo que Cuba!
It all started when I visited the Phahto Tharmyar Temple in Bagan (Myanamar). For some reason beyond my understanding the image of the Buddha at that specific temple filled up all my senses as I stood there mesmerized by the image and the light, for what it felt like an eternity. And when I came back to my senses I knew I had to take a different kind of photograph. One that could convey all those feelings flying through my mind and heart. At first, I tried different points of view, this angle, that angle… but nothing was working. Here is one of those first images:
As luck will have it, I was traveling with Winslow Lockhart, one of the leaders of the Within the Frame Adventures and she, being such a perceptive human being, sensed my struggle. She suggested trying something different. Something I had never tried before. Use a long exposure and shake the camera to change the perception until the image represents your feelings. I will be forever grateful to her!
It was a fascinating moment as my mind started to think about different approaches to that challenge. For the longest time I have learned the rules of photography: what you are supposed to do (or not) and how you are supposed to do it (or not). And then, in a single instant, I learned how to break free of those rules. Don’t get me wrong, those rules are important and a necessary knowledge everyone needs to acquire and practice. In fact I do not think I could have taken the picture below without having mastered those skills just because in order to break the rules you need to know, understand and work on them for a long time. I also have to admit I never felt the need or the confidence to break them before and it was special to be with someone like Winslow at the right moment to push me to imagine something different.
And here is the final image. The one that I believe represents what I felt from the moment I went into that temple. A Buddha within a Buddha. The “detail” and the “whole” all together. One and multiple images all at once.
Even thought it looks like two images merged in photoshop, this photograph is just a single shot. 4 seconds at f/22. ISO 2500. The camera was set to record the whole figure for 2 seconds and I zoomed in (really fast) to record the other 2 seconds on the close up image.
And that is how “Motions & Dreams” began. Myanmar became a journey full of impressions and intuitions for me…
The action or process of moving or being moved. Director command (someone) with a movement of the hand or head.
A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. A state of mind in which someone is or seems to be unaware of their immediate surroundings. A cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal. A person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect.
Acción de mover o moverse. Cambio de lugar o de posición de un cuerpo en el espacio. Estado de un cuerpo mientras cambia de lugar o de posición.
Serie o sucesión de imágenes y sucesos que se imaginan mientras se duerme y que se perciben como reales.
That white space in the center may pull you out to the infinite universe…
Ese espacio blanco del centro podría lanzarte hacia el espacio infinito…
It is a real privilege when an organizations where I have volunteered recognize the work I did, but I would like to dedicated this article about my work to all the women I have met in the slums and villages around the world, the real heroes who have to deal with such adverse conditions everyday and still smile and embrace life with unbeatable energy. They are the real inspiration in my life.
Es un verdadero privilegio cuando una organización con la que he trabajado de voluntaria reconoce la labor que he realizado, pero me gustaría dedicar este artículo acerca de mi trabajo a todas las mujeres que he conocido en los barrios de chabolas y pueblos de todo el mundo, las verdaderos heroínas que tienen para hacer frente a esas condiciones adversas todos los días y todavía sonríen y abrazan la vida con una energía insuperable. Ellas son la verdadera inspiración en mi vida.
During the weekend, I had the opportunity to experience (from a safe distance on the beach) the high surf warning for the north and west facing shores that was in effect this last weekend on the island of Kauai. The swell was in the 20-30′ range yesterday. I could have spent hours just looking at the big waves… wait, that’s exactly what I did!
Durante el fin de semana, tuve la oportunidad de disfrutar desde la playa y a una distancia segura, la advertencia que estaba en vigor de olas gigantescas para las costas norte y oeste de la isla de Kauai. El oleaje estaba dentro del rango de 6 a 9 metros ayer. Me podría haber pasado horas simplemente mirando esas olas colosales … y eso es exactamente lo que hice!
I should have been working on another project, but the light and the colors were just unreal right after the rain. I just couldn’t resist the temptation! Now back to work!
Debería haber estado trabajando en otro proyecto, pero la luz y los colores se volvieron irreales cuando termino de llover. Simplemente no pude resistir la tentación! Ahora, de vuelta al trabajo!