This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring equinox was on March 20 and the sunlight hours started increasing. The weather became warmer. The temperature and the length of the day started influencing the birds songs, the growth of trees, shrubs and flowers. That’s the Spring! It has just begun and brings new colors, smells, vitality, freshness and the will to shoot! Let’s see how some of the Pickers perceive and communicate the springtime.
Federica Sansone: This photo was taken at the Orto botanico di Portici, province of Naples. For me, spring is a set of colors, smells, sights, sometimes a bit “violent”.
Roberto Pangiarella: We were on holiday in Israel and I took this photo near Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) 200 meters below sea level. In spring and summer, Israelis go to cool off in this crystal clear waters, and this guy noticed that he had lost his wedding ring under the current water and tried in vain to find it. For me, spring is the season of the “rebirth”, the beautiful weather and good humor, it’s time to have picnics outdoors… one of the most beautiful seasons!! Also because it allows me to better develop my passion for photography!
Claudio Lepri: I like describing the “contrasts” I see around me. When I talk about contrasts, I don’t think about the contrariety such as rich-poor, but about the lines, shapes, signs that draw distinctions with more unlimited, more ambiguous, more ephemeral backgrounds. I like building bridges between these elements and setting them in a single image. My aim is to work on strong differences in light, lines that become golden section, bright colors that are complementary on the color scale. The Spring, after the winter sleep, offers me the explosion of life that, evanescent and slippery, is one of the two main characters in my images, almost as if it’s a “dialogue”. What’s the other character? Loving architecture as I do, the answer is simple: those buildings that man realizes to live, remember, decorate, mark the reality. Focusing on these two pictures, I was walking by Piazza Repubblica, in Milan. The use of the smartphone offers a great flexibility and a ready to shot device. This feature and a good eye – as I told before – allow me to capture the dialogue and maybe emphasize it with a bit of postproduction. And share it on Picwant.
Marco Taliani: I took this picture when I was walking in the Tuscan countryside, around the time that the fields are in bloom. Among those flowers, there were also the “blowing flowers”, able to turn the adults to kids again, as my model Raffaella. How could you resist the temptation to blow and fly the spores??! Impossible! From there, the idea of taking some spring pictures. Spring colors and lights inspire me very much, as well as the chance to have many hours to shoot, after the winter that, instead, tend to turn off a bit the enthusiasm and the desire to photograph. Long live the spring, the long days, the first warm days and the meadows of flowers!
Irina Skly: The Spring for me: this is my most favorite time of the year. The awakening of the nature is very stimulating. New ideas, new adventures, new discoveries. And new tastes! Spring gives us vitamins and energy. I think that starting the day with fresh fruits is the perfect beginning. I would like to keep the spring mood as long as possible.
Dariusz Sobiecki: I took the picture in early spring two years ago at Gdynia City Beach, which, being then still out of season, offered nice compositional interactions of scattered people and natural surroundings. Spring is definitely my favourite season for taking photos – the world explodes with growth and energy and everything gets bright and colourful. I love feeling the power of nature rebirth, which strongly affects my own emotions and activities. Although I capture my impressions, perceptions or interpretations all the year round, springtime is the most pleasant and fruitful period for me as a photographer and explorer. Tired of fighting for enough time for photoshooting in winter, I enthusiastically cherish the awaited change at the end of March, when late afternoons become accessible again!