Photographer's Note

Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.

Yan’s photography has a lot to do with creativity. And art too. I use to say him that he always presents me with an alternative vision of the world. His photos are not obvious so they may require an extra moment to analyze them. And in that extra moment he often makes you think about something that is not necessarily present in the picture. And I find that the most rewarding aspect of scattering a photo from him. As he writes in his intro note, "the human interaction is essential". And it really is. Even when there’s no real human presence in his photo – which happens rarely – there is always a connection to that alternative side of humanity. Want an example? See here.

The photo I am using to make this tribute is not supposed to be as creative as Yan’s. Once again, it’s not the purpose of this theme to make comparisons. I am not blessed with that creative soul of his, so this is just my own account at an attempt to show an everyday scene in a more alternative way. Here, a black scabbard (also called sword fish in Portuguese) seller in Funchal’s old market prepares some fillets to be serves as the regional tradional dish: Black Scabbard with Fried Banana. Don’t know why, but to me he looks a Samurai, holding his sword, trying to control his fishing boundaries.

So, thank you my friend for showing me that the world is a source of multiple interpretations and for do it in that sensitive creative way. Have a safe trip to the eastern side. We’ll be around.

KevRyan, brevbrev14, yanseiler, pasternak, Galeota, Telo, riclopes, AmiBe, bach37 has marked this note useful

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