I’ve recently been asked on Twitter by @MastinStudio:
I love your photo of the people on horses crossing the mirage. What is the story behind it?
It took me a while to express what was behind this photograph – especially to express it in 140 characters – and Kirk Martin‘s question kept spinning in my head for a few hours, and made me decide to write this post at last. So thank you Kirk for inspiring me, and if you are reading this I hope you’ll enjoy it.
So here’s the full story.
This photo was taken in the Camargue region, South France. This place has always fascinated me since the very first time I went there because of its natural beauties and peculiarities. Most of the region is a protected natural area, so if you are passionate about nature this is a must. You can walk for hours and hours through numerous paths in the lagoon, observe animals (mostly flamingos), and be amazed at light reflections on water at sunrise and sunset.
I love water and this element really fascinates me. Water is life, and it’s a universe on its own. More than what’s in it, I love its surface and its ever changing trompe l’œils. Just like mirrors, water surfaces reveal us a parallel life, make us peep into its secret side. With its blurring and ephemeral contours, reality is suddenly widened, reminding us of multiple possibilities.
This photograph is also about the greatness of simple things, like a horse ride on a beach on a winter’s day. Or a walk with a camera, not for an assignment but just for cherishing your passion. It’s very often said that less is more, and it’s true. It’s about pouring your love into everything you’re doing because you know you’re going your own way. No matter which way, or how fast you are going: enjoy your ride, wherever you are headed; take all the time that you need, and savour every second.
The third story – but not the least important – is the stories you might see in this photo. Multiple realities as well as multiple interpretations, and every single one so true.
Of course I’ll be more than happy to know your stories if you feel like sharing them.