Il libro ignorante – The ignorant book

Una recensione originale del libro “Photogeisha 2009-2017” cliccando qui: www.illibroignorante.it/?p=2239
Grazie mille a Luca – La Sierpe – Affinito per parole, ricordi ed emozioni.

Per i nostri lettori anglosassoni ecco la traduzione…

Can you say utter Photographer?
Don’fuckin’care, I say it.
Because if I add photographer to traveller what comes out is Umberto Stefanelli, a vagrant of the quick snap who, as I’m writing, is exhibiting some pictures of this book in a small museum of a small village in the north of France, which you probably don’t know: the Louvre of Paris.
That in the end, saying Umberto Stefanelli is the same as saying Photogeisha, namely his blog of roaming photography combined with bits of poetry that “can only accompany”.

From this blog, which I hook up with since its birth, is possible to download this 400-page book, which I, being a “web influencer ghetto chic blaster master of disaster”, count on receiving shortly in its paper edition. But that, in the meanwhile, nice and quiet I’ve pulled down from the internet.

The book holds 8 years of blog, 190 (if I counted right) images that the author has taken around the world touching and retouching the destinations -but not the pictures- dearest to him: Japan, China, USA.

Each picture is a frame of mind, a tale, an emotion.
Each picture a caption which helps understanding the meaning, or a thought that instead puts in doubt our perception of what we see and we believed we had grasped.

There are no topics, because they’re all topics. As it is for the settings, ethnicity, colors, framings. There are no favorite subjects except, maybe, women. They’re the only ones which keep turning up but never annoying, as if there’s always room for them. After all, one of the photographer’s favorite quotes is the one of Frank (Al Pacino) from Scent of a Woman: I really like women, above all things. A very very distant second is a Ferrari.

Are you into photography? Into travel? Are you a cooking enthusiast? Are you fond of women?
You could like this book. Actually you Should like this book. It should also intrigue you, relax you, thrill you. It should make you run to renew your passport. It should make you perk your ears up even if you aren’t “Saints, Poets or Sailors”, even if your only passions are horse racing, tuning or fox hunting. Maybe it’s not for you if you’re only passionate about fuck-all. But in that case nothing’s for you, except this blog, maybe.

Ah! I nearly forgot if you’re obsessed with Far East get ready for visual orgasm.

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