Giò Lo Conti – Featured IPA member
So many years, perhaps too many, have passed since in a remote village in Italy, Bivona, Sicily I started taking pictures using for some time an Agfa Silette. Then, I bought an Alpa 10d, a fine camera, although awkward and slow to use. Then as now I am convinced that it is not the camera that makes a person a good photographer, but it is certain that the creative or technical perfection simply needs the right tools. Standard lens have been joined by a 28 Angénieux and a 100 Kinoptik: incomparable performance lenses; the Alpa 10d has been joined by another body, the 11si and by many other cameras : Nikon, Leica R6…, but the Alpa was always the favourite one. I spent the afternoons printing in B & W my pics. Marriage, children, the lack of space: I had to give up printing and the magnifier ended up in a closet, but , though rarely, I continued making slides using the legendary Kodachrome 25.
Some years ago my wife’s untimely death: solitude silence suffering.
Since I retired a few years ago (I was an Italian and Latin teacher at high schools), and thanks to the Leica M240’s release as well, on which I could mount my favourite lenses, I have started photographing again, favoring black and white more than color, I remain faithful to the simplicity and purity of B & W. I am convinced that photography, if it manages to reveal the essence of reality, can also be a way to fix the life that is now, today, not tomorrow: life is a value in itself, regardless anything else.
Years of photography with film and print have left their mark: I hardly control a click on the monitor; and so during my last trip I said to a lady who was amazed that taking the photo again would not produce the same result. A little delay and the scene changes as well as the meaning.
I love travelling , I am curious to see different people, new countries and bring back from these trips at least two, three effective shots ; much more than this I like plunging myself in the atmosphere of a city, loitering aimlessly, focusing my attention on everything around me: may be photographing those two ladies with whom I exchanged some accomplice smiles a few minutes before and who, like every day, were performing their daily ritual, meeting, drinking together, chatting. I always try to make the most important aspect of a landscape, a corner of the city, a person in a portrait. I love photographing the female body, the purity of its lines.
For the second time this summer I was in Mykonos for the IPA Meet; I went to Delos on a very windy day, photographing the ruins almost out of duty. Then, in front of me, a hill: I was moving through the tall grass waving in the wind, from where I took a picture of the hill: “floating like the wind,” one of the comments to the image. Furthermore, in the case of the photo of the girl looking at the sea, at dusk, I caught a particular moment: “intriguing and full of sensuality”, the comment.
Photographer only for passion, trying to catch those fragments of reality that the camera, and only it can fix and crystallize.
It is with great pleasure, but also with a little fear, that I share my photos and my reflections: such is the quality of photographers I stay together in this remarkable gallery today. Thanks to Spyro and IPA who made this possible.
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