Nothing is by chance, everything is wanted and sought.
With skill, passion and a lot of patience.
With this sentence I summarize the experience and privilege of following Mauro dealing with analogue photography of a wedding.
Me, a digital photographer, was perplexed and fascinated at the same time, observing everything as if I had entered a new, unknown world.
The first question I asked myself was: why go back and complicate your life with rolls of film, development, printing , with the anxiety of waiting (unacceptable for me being used to use mirrorless cameras and immediately checking the result on the screen).
Then I understood.
I followed the path, from the choice of the type of film , the camera’s, the optics to moving on to the search for the right lights and shadows , the context, with meticulousness and absolute precision.
A real contemplative immersion in waiting for the right moment to shoot.
Which is very different from digital photography where we can afford to take countless shots and then choose the right one in post-production.
Mauro unites mind, eye and soul and chooses the shot first.
From “meditation” we moved on to the handcrafted physicality of the realization process.
The extraction of the film from the rolls in the dark, the preparation of the mixture for the development and the fixing to finally arrive at the choice of the 30 negatives to impress on the photographic paper.
And the thrill of seeing the colors, lights and shadows captured weeks before emerge on the white sheet is great!
There was no need to wait for the print to dry to understand Mauro’s choice to go back to the origins of true Photography.
It was enough to look him in the eye.