As some people celebrate World Photo Day, I dedicate this post to all my friends, (photographers or lovers of photography). It is through the lenses of my camera that I can play with light and trap its shadows, (I sometimes collect them, like candy, in that blessed box that we used to call ‘camera obscura’). It is thanks to the power of photography that I can paint where my hands fail to draw; it is through it that I can talk where my lips fail to speak; through its power I can love and scream where my heart fails to cry. How many of us treasure the liberating power of photography and are grateful that we can share them in this forum.
But, as we humans are too busy destroying each other and destroying our planet; let us remember that, if we want to immortalise beauty and history as we have been able to do for two centuries; photographic cameras will be of no use to save our civilization from the catastrophes of climate change… Every time we capture an image -be it a flower, or a street in a magnificent city, a handsome woman or man, an innocent child, a singer, the hands of an craftsman, the deep blue ocean, a birch or olive tree, an ancient monument, the sun rising or a bird- we need to ask ourselves if our ability to capture the essence of life in our camera makes us worthy of our Planet. Let us ask, in other words, what small actions can we undertake every day to honour our planet and our human civilization? In this photography that I dedicate to you, my favourite flowers, (doffodils) and one of my favourite words ‘libertad’ (freedom) discussed in one of my favourite books by Nicola Abbagnano; appear to be chasing light and shadows, they dance together like old friends: Happy World Photo Day. ️CitlaliRM
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