117. Vanishing Rome AKA the indifference of modern times and the charm of old memories.
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
By Giulio D'Ercole
What is street photography? Certainly, it is not just taking casual shots while wandering around, as well as it is not pointing and shooting as we see something, anything, that comes across.
I believe street photography is much more than that. It is the ability to observe, to be present, to be in the moment and to be ready to capture life as it happens. Though true street photography is not capturing just any moment of life, rather the unveiling of those moments that are actually story-telling instants, images that, for as beautiful as they can be in themselves, they find their true richness in the hiding of other meanings. The photo then becomes a metaphor, an icon of a wider and more universal concept, fact, idea, story.
I am pretty sure that most often than not that image is not the result of a well thought rational process, of a clear act of will, but, instead, it is the result of an instinct, or better yet, of an intuition, which is nothing else but the super fast, creative, sudden connecting of distant, cultural, rational, personal memories, that like dots are sitting in our brain waiting to be linked to one another by a powerful act of art, or by an enlightening sparkle of "intelligence" (in the Latin sense of the word, which is the ability of reading/understanding things). More or less nothing much different than what happens while we are asleep and we are visited by a profound message delivering dream.