At some moments, I think on that photo project, The True of the Animal. I have to confess that it is not an easy theme for me.
At the beginning I thouhgt about self- portraits, but my colleagues didn’t feel very excited about my idea. Their opinion was to visit the Zoo and see what could bedone.
Since I was a teenager, I hate Zoos. So, in case I wanted to participate on that project, I have to look for some other ways.
In my first attemp, as you can read on my previous post, instead of birds, I found office buildings, the so called modern architecture (you know what I mean: cement, steel and glass tied all together with many straight lines)..
I could see only a pigeon in the middle of the concret jungle, and I took a picture of it. I don’t know if that was the True of the Animal, but, in any case, it was a true animal.
Some friends of mine wanted that I should take part on a project, with a name something like The True of the Animal.
I have no idea of taking pictures of animals and I didn’t understand the real scope of the project.
Regardless of that problems, I visited the banks of Main river where usually there are swans, cormorants, mallards, egyptian geese, and of course seagulls and pigeons.
But I didn’t see any birds. Provide that, nearby it was a town with an important industrial park with many office buildings, I decided to take some “architeture” pictures. The moment was appropiate: sunny day, noon, great contrast. Perfect for practising Blak & White photos.
After some weeks confined at home, it seems that many people are holding their breath for the future, while others are anxious about life returning to normal, whatever that normal could be.
While at home, I saw how many photographers have put on the web a lot of interesting videos, workshops, conversations… A lot of helpful resources to feed the feeling that we are not alone, showing how important is to share with others.
Here, near the Taunus range, in April, we have had neither rain nor clouds. What to do? I remembered a place, just 5 or 6 Km away from home, with no special interest, except for some aligned trees. I went there before sunrise and took some pictures. The most pleasant was the walk between the fields, with a very cold air, looking how busy were the birds that had their nests between the crops.
Before the winter ended, I wanted to take, if possible, some exposures with a minimalist approach, to practise clean, perhaps semi-abstracts compositions. For example, selecting an isolated tree against a white backdrop.
At the end of March, I visited the Black Forest, a large, imposing, forested mountain range in southwest Germany.
Luckily I found a Campsite close to the Feldberg, the highest peak with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft) above sea level and the weather was as bad as I needed. Foggy and wet. And, of course, I found a snow-covered landscape, which gave me unique opportunities for taking the pictures I wanted.
Now, we have to stay at home, trying to avoid that the disease spread out…