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Ok…Now you’ll think i’m bipolar. lol … Just after my emotional post about the end of this year and all the friends i made and adventures i lived here comes a post that may not be totally pleasant. I’m not writing it to be unpleasant but it is kinda. Not because it’s sad but because it’s contrary to an aspirational and cheering notion. The notion that photography has to do with life. The notion that this echo that we call representation of life is something more than the denial of death. That ss something more than the need to savor the moment that is long gone. These days the aesthetics are important for some but the majority are interested in the moments. The part of the universe that was “captured” and it’s been displayed for as long as one can fancy it’s qualities. I really love these moments so that’s why i think a lot about the subject and despite the fact that it is a joy to look at a great photographer’s work my point is: This is not alive and it doesn’t mean anything more than an echo. Even if these photos were invented and not natural at all. Even if there was a studio and all clothes and hairs were fake still there was a moment. A real one. And these photos are the echoes of these moments. They are dead. I’m writing this thinking about artists. Most live ones especially those i know and can comment about with property do their work in an attempt to extent their lives. To be there even when they are not. To create an immortal Ego. Of course history shows us some personalities that maybe didn’t follow this logic but most do. I just believe totally in artists that burned everything they have done and nobody saw it ever (an idea that is kinda hard to materialize). So what is cheering about this post is the following: Just what i’m saying is that art is overrated and sometimes life is underrated. Sometimes it takes much more genius to live at old age after sight is gone and taste is gone but the sounds of life and the warm sun have to suffice. And people do that everyday! Picasso maybe couldn’t do it…so where is the fame and fortune for these people?? Why what they do is not more artistic than what we see in museums? That’s why my new year’s resolution is the widely quoted and beat up monologue from the film trainspotting:  “Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life” …and fuck the need to know what comes after you die and how will you look 500 years from now and what future societies will think about you. Let’s live and enjoy our time!

Who’s afraid of the tube?? Firstly what does it mean these days?? When i was a kid there was this fear of television. It could ruin your brains if you spent too much time in front of it. Even so all the kids came back from school and stayed all day long watching cartoons and eating on the couch in front of the Tv. My mom used to say Tv rays could give cancer. Now i know that the truth is that Tv is a time waste and it really can ruin your life but just if you spend all of it watching your favorite shows. By the way people that watches too much Tv don’t have favorite shows. They just use Tv for hypnosis. They turn off the world outside and get inside the message on TV. That way everything will be alright. Today we are facing different times with different problems. Tv is less used than before but just because kids found another much more addictive tube. With the internet we changed our lifestyle so fast that in fifteen years the time of exposure dropped to half on Tv and in other hand now it’s accepted for a kid to spend eight hours on the internet. Twenty years ago if the internet pioneers knew this they would probably decide not to have kids but today it’s normal. Computers are really very useful. Many things we had to do in the past are resolved in computers with much less effort and also things that where not possible now are piece of cake. Well… That’s the problem. I worked with post production in Tv for ten years in a major time of change for post houses. In the middle of the nineties solutions that would cost two million dollars would cost twenty thousand ten years after that. All the game changed and that’s awesome but that’s kinda oversimplifying. In order to completely change in these ten years it had thousands of small changes in the meantime. What we professionals learned with this new computer wave it that we would better ourselves during whole years but in the end we were not better. We were just updated. So many softwares with so many versions. All of them great tools that all of us would need to learn and don’t get me wrong. I love tool. All people from post production are gadgets maniacs but the point is: if you are doing art direction in post for an example we need to learn art and not software. An editor have to learn the art of editing and not the next version of final cut. What happens with this is that the other and more important characteristics of the profession get seconded by this need to update!
That’s the reason art direction is getting more and more shallow in most places. And if we apply this concern in kids education and lives we will end up understanding computers are taking so much of their time that they may end up living less experiences in this real world outside the tube and any kind of wisdom comes from experience and living. So now guess what: i’m afraid of having kids!

I was born in 1969 and historians call people my age “the lost generation”. I even attended a lecture in cannes festival adressed to huge companies talking about this so called “lost generation” and it’s consuming habits. It was fun to learn that my generation is often mentioned as “against fashion and consumption ” or “a generation that doesn’t believe in brands and capitalism” . They said that after the easygoing hippies our generation was one full of super protective parents that sometimes are even competitive about this matter.. That unlike babyboomers we value lifestyle over money and quality of life over success. What i really liked the most tought was the opening of this lecture where they used a speech played by Brad Pitt in the Fight Club. The name of his character on the movie is Tyler Durden and the speech is the best definition of my generation i ever heard so i would like to share with you guys. Many of you know it by heart i guess but it’s always good to listen to these words:

” I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. Goddammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man; no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our Great War is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t; and we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

I’m not worried about this generation of mine because the truth freed us a while ago. As a matter of fact the guys in that lecture made a big research to find out that between the babyboomers and the generation x (today’s young adults) my generation seams to be the more happy and positive about life. Congratulations lost fellas!!!