Mermaids. Fascinating creatures.
Mermaids’ habitats are water shores. They spend many hours a day interacting, in some way or another, with water. After a few swims, they usually enjoy sitting next to the water and refresh themselves. They spend time absent-mindedly playing with rims and softly splashing the surface, while other mermaids swim around.
They sometimes lay down and sunbathe.
Mermaids are really difficult to portrait. They usually refuse to pose. They actually hide, escape, or politely excuse themselves as soon as a camera is withdrawn from a bag.
I was recently very lucky, and had the chance to take a few shots before I got fired with the phrase “Papa…! Sempre ens estàs fent fotos!! Que pesat!!! ” (catalan-to-english google translate, if not obvious enough).
Whenever I travel to a new place, I enjoy practicing one of my favorite sports: taking long walks by myself, camera in hand, spending as much time as I will, just looking at people and places, observing habits and taking pictures, getting lost and finally (hopefully) finding my way around back to the base camp. I am good at reading maps, at understanding the logic of city layout; happily, so far I have always managed to find my way back to the base camp!
Last year, while practicing that sport in Santiago de Chile I found myself in an office building with a charmingly tacky (or was it tackily charming?) inside open space.
In year 2007 I spent three weeks traveling around CHINA.
After visiting noisy, polluted pre-olympic Beijing, and before flying to the over-crowded hyper-consumerist pre-earthquake Chengdu, I visited TIBET.
It was one of the most intense experiences I have had in my entire life.
The place, the people and their habits, the mood… even the altitude (Lhasa is 3.650m above the sea level)…! Either the place invades you, and you feel immersed and caught forever, for good, or you are out in the next 24 hours.