Watching the Moskva River

by Bernardo Ricci Armani December 3, 2015 4 comments
Watching the Moskva River

Moscow (Russia). Although my trip to Moscow was limited to the very short timeframe of a weekend, I’m still editing and blogging photos about it: this confirm that the amazing capital of Russia has so much not only to see, but also to “live”…

What does it mean?

Whenever I travel, I try to understand the place where I am in two different ways: one is through my eyes, watching everything around me. The other one is through my soul, imagining how it can be living there. In this respect, photography is the perfect “tool”. In fact, if through my lens I can use my third eye to watch everything around me, editing my photos (especially some days later I captured them) is a way to – let me say – contemplate a place in a much deeper way, re-living the experience of being there with a more reflessive and intimate spirit.

Interestingly, it can happens that I would not live in amazing cities simply because they have stimulated only my eyes and not my soul. Or – sometimes – I’m perfectly comfortable in (and I find much more inspiring) places objectively less “glittering” or popular, but with a true soul.

I was thinking about this when I was photographing this large barge transporting sand along the Moskva River. It was a Saturday morning, it was cold – as it can be in Moscow in November – and the wind blowing along the river was causing me some pain to my fingers. However, I felt something of magic in that moment: simply, I understood that I was falling in love with Moscow…

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4 comments

Dasha December 11, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Ah such a lovely words….. I’m so sorry u’ve been there just two days. Come the next summer at least for three days. I’ll show u much more magic!

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Bernardo December 11, 2015 - 7:54 pm

It would be great! Thanks!

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Michael Watt December 14, 2015 - 10:27 pm

So many travellers seem content just to take a selfie juxtaposition with some iconic subject. But I like your thoughts that imply that to travel is to also appreciate the culture and history and if possible see things from a different perspective. Your perspective is unique: thank you for sharing with words and photos. I hope you get more opportunity to travel Bernardo. It’s nice to see the world through your eyes.

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Bernardo December 14, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Thank you very much Michael: your words made my day and give a huge sense to what I try to do with this blog, travelling and sharing my photos with those who want to “come with me”. I consider myself a very lucky person because I have the opportunity to travel: my job brings me to take a plane quite frequently, and when it’s not for business, it’s for leisure. And photography is an appendix of each of my travels. Sharing them and adding my thoughts is a bit “beyond”, but when I read words such yours I understand that this is the way I like to intend photography. Thanks again, you are always welcome here!

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