I briefly met Federico Frangi last week in Barcelona. We chatted for a few minutes, I admired his work, I bought a small version of the one that he is showing me in this photo.
I admired so much about what he told me. Travelling thousands of kilometres on a motorbike across India. Using a camera that did not need a battery, printing on rice paper. Thinking about the meaning of each of his projects. Projects that took months of effort to conceive execute and present.
Many of his images are available here.
He described how in the photo I purchased Federico had been frustrated because the man had closed his eyes at the moment he took the image. But from that came the idea of presenting the project as this mans memories and dreams.
He talked about his plans to go back and find again the girl who had become one of his most popular images – to help her.
Thank you Federico and I wish you all the best with the next project – and I really hope you find her.
Let me know.
So many things just need us to start – to move – get an opportunity, meet someone – and then if we do take that first step and stay for a while we begin to understand so much – our world changes and we are all the richer for it.
Before then ‘it’ was the kind of passion that ‘other people did’ – not us.
Sometimes, at rare intervals in our lives and for whatever reason you receive some kind of invitation, someone opens that door for you and asks if you might like to follow them – or perhaps simple chance just waits to see if you will react.
But however it happens for that brief moment a door will open for you and you do, or you do not, walk though. And if you are incredibly lucky then behind that door lies a whole new world.
A world like dance, or writing – or photography – or whatever it is for you that engages with you and presents such an unlimited space for you to play, to learn, and to progress.
And playing, learning and curiosity surely defines what it is to be human. To be alive.
Such a precious moment – but so few open the door, and even less walk through.
Don’t stand still. Do it.