Aleksandra’s photography passion and how we capture reality

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Aleksandra’s photography passion and how we capture reality

28 September 2020, 3 mins read – Aleksandra Sadovnikova

Life is full of wonders and important moments. It has been the same since the world exists, in every epoque all around the globe. Unfortunately, we are not able to satisfy our curiosity and come back years or centuries ago, but humankind invented arts, literature, photography, and cinema to preserve those moments for ever, and to share them with next generations.  

Indeed, speaking about photography, many of us like to look at family history shown in photo albums. I personally enjoy it a lot, I like to see my ancestors, study their homes, clothes, habits, or leisure time. Well, I was also grown up with the idea that it is incredibly important to remember the history of a family as well as a country. 

I practice photography trying to master my skills and take shots that can represent the reality in a particular way. I want people to notice and see every detail which can give a different view on everyday things. Believe me, it’s pretty hardAnd it’s not only about using a photo camera in a correct way but about the ability to see such details, to capture and make them evident, to touch people’s soul and heart, to make them reflect on these details. 

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

Said Henri Cartier-Bresson, and it’s true not only for photography. He also said that:

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again

We take pictures of our babies and grandparents, honeymoons and spectacular places during journeys, post funny videos of our cats and dogs because we want to remember the exact moment of our existence, that specific second of timeless universe that made us happy. We want to remember our feelings, tastes and smells, even music associated with the best and bright periods of our life. 

This idea lies in the concept of X+, when people can take a precise moment in a precise environment and to share it with anyone. And in case of X+ it is not just a video that look the same as millions of others; it’s a unique conducted experience that will be saved in the memory of human being and a device. It is a piece of reality generated by two people which are curious, open to the world, eager to explore and to share. A joy of the moment lasting for countless time. 

Probably, like Philip Reeve wrote in his “Mortal Engines” series, there will be Remembering Machines in the future which will do remember (or store) all the information about our world and history, our joy and sorrows. Or maybe we can start today with Doers and Dreamers to create an outstanding network of memories bringing it through time thanks to X+, sharing experience with people who will live after us. 

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