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45. Photography, Dignity and Faith

By - Giulio D'Ercole

Photography is an incredible medium: it allows to see more than one would normally see. Why? Because the camera that a photographer holds is more than a point and shooting tool, it is a magnifying lens looking in two directions: outwards and inwards. What do I mean? I mean that we photograph what attracts our attention, what touches our sensibility, what makes our internal chords vibrate.... in a simpler sentence, and using a common way of saying, "Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder", and beauty can include many different things, even difficult things, sad things, shocking things, but always things we relate to or that somehow make us think and feel. By photographing them we amplify their meaning, not only for ourselves but also to share that amplified meaning, concept, message with others. By so doing, we share our vision, our understanding, our relation with the world. Photographing is being focused, present, aware of our being in the world, and making that focus clear is the center of our communication. The camera is the photographer's instrument to establish a vast network in which every single shot can tell many stories.

The photo here below portrays an humble man, a poor man ( I am sure only "materially" poor ), that kneels down to thank and pray his God (I don't know which God, but it really doesn't matter which one) for the simple gift he received: a croissant and a cup of coffee. There is more Dignity and Faith in this man then words can tell.

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