Wednesday, 9 February 2011

untitled story/photo

Occasionally, a photograph speaks about not only the past, the time sequence when it was taken, but the future as well. This is that kind of a photo.

Taken years ago, it is an image that for me has so many stories to tell.

The past, present and future are gently blended together within the image. From far left to near present, you can find sculptures of most important leaders of a certain restless country. Some sort of a transition, between the long forgotten past and the unpredictable present, is made by Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus (second sculpture from right to left), a roman emperor that had something to do, at one particular moment in history, with the future of that specific restless country. You can easily distinguish the present’s place in line. Unaware of the truths of his own era, he is nothing but an incognizant appearance with a bold sparkle in the eyes, staring straight into the eyes of the future. Armed with nothing but this one desire, to win the future by declining the past, he is ready for the same battles as his predecessors. Some kind of an evolution, I guess…

For me though, this image has also a different significance, for this is the photo remembered in my statement as the one responsible not only for my first and only photo contest prize (one day, I’ll elaborate some more), but also for setting the course of my life towards professional photography. 

This is why this photo speaks of both the past and future…

untitled, Constanta 2004

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