Bagni di Lucca Villa is now graced with two new exhibition spaces. The first one is the foyer of the villa which I have described as the most beautiful house in town. (See my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-most-beautiful-house-in-bagni-di-lucca-villa/ )
There was a notice on the entrance door of this house publicising a photographic exhibition :
Although the door looked locked it magically opened to reveal a well-presented exhibition of photographs by Renzo Selmi and mainly from our corner of Italy.
I enjoy photographic exhibitions because they are the best way not just to discover new ways of approaching familiar subjects but also because we now live in an age where most of us go around with a camera, whether it be a separate one or part of our smart phone, and it’s becoming ever so much easier to capture the instance. The problem is: is it the right instance and, most important, is the light right for what we are trying to capture?
This photo caught in the Lima river’s reflection at Ponte gave an original view of a well-known subject:
Recognize lago Pontecosi?
There are plenty more photographs to please the mind and heart:
There are, of course, well-tried rules for taking good photographs both technically and creatively.
It seems to me that the photographer of the exhibition in the villa’s foyer knows these rules intuitively and is able provide excellent examples of what can turn a photograph from being humdrum into something rather more magical.
As Ansel Adams (the famous US photographer and environmentalist who died in 1984) said ‘There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.’
I wonder if this exhibition is the precursor of many more to follow?
The other new exhibition space is found in the ‘Shelley ’bookshop which has recently opened on the corner of the road starting towards Montefegatesi. Looking at the door I noticed there were already several activities advertised, at least one of which I’d missed. Unfortunately, on this occasion the door did not magically open as with the villa. So I must wait a little longer to see what possible treasures may be found within…