The street of "Las Ramblas", Barcelona. This young man decided to stop right in the middle of the frame and, very timely, stay "immobile" for the exact 10 sec. of exposure time set for the caption, as if subconsciously lending himself to the image.
In todays obsession to be at all hours and in all places connected to the parallel world displayed by electronic devices, I wonder how much we loose being disconnected from the real one.
Author: Hi, my name is Thomas Lusth and I was born 57 years ago in Östersund, Sweden.
Ever since a little boy I’ve had a very strong urge to travel. I remember sitting in my room with one of those earth globes in my hand just reading exotic names and associating them with imaginary adventures.
I’ve been lucky, a lot of these adventures have come true.
In 1986 just before a trip to China, I met up with a friend of mine, a sports-photographer for the L.A. Times. I remember he said: “Can’t wait for you to get back and show me photos.” “Photos?” I responded. “I don’t have a camera…It’s not necessary, I keep it all in my head.” My friend looked at me incredulous: “Yeah, but I’m not in your head…” My friend, not willing to permit such a “sacrilegious” crime, gave me one of his Nikons + a box of film: “Well, now you don’t have an excuse,” he said.
Something strange happened during this trip. I started looking at things in a completely different way. Where I had once just walked through, I paused. Where I used to stare aimlessly, I looked around. I started to pay attention to details, I began to compose. I discovered shapes, figures and the subtle magic of light.
Needless to say, what I had seen and what actually came out of those first rolls of film is a different story…
Ever since then, I have tried to learn the process of imagining, capturing and finally presenting an image. I still have the same urge to travel, to be on the move. With a camera in my hand, I’m completely free. Gone is the notion of time, gone is the noise. Everything blends in and I’m just part of the journey.