December has come at last, soon it’ll be Christmas and the year will finally come to its end. Inevitably, we end up thinking back at what we did during all these months, whether we achieved our goals or – why not – completely changed direction.
This is a bit what is happening here at The Lonely Walkers. We are looking at this project and see what is good, what can be improved and what went wrong. It makes us a bit sad and disappointed to confess that what went wrong this year was the heart of the whole project, that is to say photography itself. Not every aspect of photography, but we do lack photos of our own cities. We did a few, but could have done a lot more. This is were our project started from, to portray the places we live in, tell the stories of their streets, and share these visions here and on our tlog.
Emma and I had even planned to collect those moments and stories captured in our photographs, and create something beautiful with them (no, I am not revealing what it is to you, as we haven’t abandoned the idea at all!). But we ended up with so few material that we just had to put it off.
Sometimes you need to face failure. But we don’t feel we have failed at all. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, change horizon and try something different. During these months we moved away from Barcelona and Torino, both physically and figuratively. Breathed fresh air, experimented different ideas.
Creative ruts do happen. More often than we would like to admit. But we think it’s a sign telling us to look away for a moment, rethink it all, then come back with a fresh view.
The streets are there for us to walk through, but with the eyes ready to catch the stories. Will we come back? Sure we will. No pressure and no plan, just for the joy of portraying something beautiful.