What else? Well, photography course started. Our professor, Karel Moorgat, gave me a lot of stimuli to improve, by means of assignments, talks, "on-field" lessons, the best ones, i.e. with a camera in the hands. In particular, we started to learn the basics of studiophotography: it is exciting! You create the photograph, you are like a painter, you are a sculptor, you a light creator and you tell about your creation: what cna be more exciting? Sometimes the studio set is so nice that it can became a subject for a photo itself (click here).
Since I was preparing the trip in Japan, I have "read" (with the eyes essentially) a lot of photo albums. I continue to do it, regularly. Observe, read a photograph, not just watching it 5 seconds as typically it happens via internet. In your bed, at your desk table, in the kitchen, sitting on the couch in the living room: I became a voracious avid photo watcher. Scianna, Cartier-Bresson, Olaf, Scianna, Griffith, Vanfleteren, De Keyzer, Avedon, etc. etc.
A dvd I have already watched several times is "the Impassioned Eye" aobut the photography of Cartier-Bresson. I suggest to everybody, photographers or not, to watch it. It is marvellous!
About cameras, I am working more and more with the Pentax 67, or Pentax Monster :). It is simply great, greater than its weigth just to give you an idea. You can see here an example of it. Just to let you know how big it is: my friend and photographer Guglielmo tried it and made this nice portrait of my little baby :)
I bought a rangefinder too. A Kiev 4 from 1974, very cheap camera and definitely equipped with a Jupiter lens which is far from being the sharpest lens in the world! But it nice to use, it is warm although the quality is not excellent. I took some pictures during my trip to Genova to celebrate the New Year's Eve with friends.
I took photographs of GUSO in Oostende (Kurszaal) and in Gent (De Bijloke). I almost finish selecting but I didn't find still sufficient time to post-process them. I have to and I want to, so it's in my "what-to-do” list. I will let you know when I finished. I promise to write more often. Damiano