27.07.2016

The joy of slow living

27.07.2016

The joy of slow living

There’s something about busyness and routine that makes us feel productive: always waking up at the same time, having our coffee and then starting our daily marathon.

Running here and there with rarely enough time to breathe, let alone enough to appreciate what’s around us.

In contrast, I believe that there is nothing more beautiful than to live slowly, to connect more meaningfully with others, with places, and with ourselves.

I believe that if we find our own pace in this chaotic world, we would be able to live a happy life.

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Do not misunderstand me, I’m productive and I love getting lots of things done, all whilst respecting my client’s deadlines and ending my day feeling like my energy was spent on something worthwhile.

But I also love the unexpected: a coffee with a friend, a bike ride to the flower market with my love, a long phone call and all those moments of sharing that make this life a wonderful surprise…

It’s true, that maybe I’m lucky because my job gives me the opportunity to schedule my own time, my commitments and I slowly learned to distance them from those that are established patterns (although to be honest I’ve never adjusted to routine)

I slowly learned to do what I wanted to do at the exact moment I thought of it, because I have the freedom to work on Sundays, or late at night or when I feel inspired…

It is also true that when I have to realise a photo shooting, I have the opportunity to go to new places and I do not have to necessarily go there alone, but I can choose fellow adventurers that will make my job and my day certainly less boring and worthy of being lived to the fullest.

That’s exactly what happened when I went to Lake Massaciuccoli to take my photos for this article: a day in nature, enjoying the calm and the beautiful summer light, taking photographs of everything I saw around me, for the article, for myself, for my memories…

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On this day I brought with me Pixi, the cutest Manfrotto mini tripod.

It is perfect for taking long exposure photos of the movement of a body of water or when you need to get up close and steady for a capture of wild flowers.

The compact size is very convenient as you can literally take it with you anywhere and everywhere.

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Matilde Minauro is a photographer based in Florence, Italy. Introduced to photography through the work and influence of her grandfather, she owned her first camera at age 8. Her studies in architecture influence her photographic style significantly, and this is evident in her use of lines and light as expressive languages. The atmosphere of her work is notably dreamlike, melancholic and quiet with consistently diluted and rarefied tones to define an intimate and profound space. Her portfolio is a secret corner of interiority, a collection of quiet poems that tell a story of almost impalpable sensations that words fail to express… A story that only light can delicately paint in every detail.

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