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A Photograph is not an apple.
Lately on the net, I read various posts and comments revolving around the relationship between words and photographs. I see a major trend to consider this ratio as a submission to words. A picture is worth a thousand words, we used to say. Then someone said: "If someone says these words." Now, unfortunately, they tell her for real and also say many many more words. Too many. In the past on this blog I wrote of the matter, and other times I know that I will write about it again.
If you take a picture, if you look at a photograph it is because it adds something unspeakable. Do not slip away quickly from the word "unspeakable". There is something in our life that is unspeakable? I am convinced it is.
I think, feel, and many things happen to me and through me without being able to become words, phrases, rational thoughts. A photograph, in some lucky cases, may contain traces of this "unspeakable," because you can not say, but it manifests itself, at times, in a visible, be experienced directly. Of course, in the transition from the phenomena to the photography you lose much on that journey, but something remains, even without the awareness of those who have pressed the shutter button. For this reason, a photograph wants silence, time. A photograph does not want be immediately food for the words, an opportunity to exercise control, a moment of urgent communication.
If you have all this hunger for words, you use an apple: you can bite, you can do it in slices, you can put in a cake and eat it while you talk around it, as too often is done instead around a photograph.