Finally! I can´t believe I made it! "Angelika Lincoln Photography" is born. What seems like a tiny uneventfull step in the world (-wide web)is BIG one for me. I have managed to create a name and a home for all my existing and future photographs.
Long have I been thinking about how to celebrate this big day in my first blog post. First I thought I kick off with a little photostory about me. But than it struck me as I was just sitting in my Shanghai kitchen having lunch: This path, this story has to start with THE ONE photo.
It is not the first picture I ever took - that goes back some 24 years and is stored on a negative strip containing some strange pictures of me and my friends on a school trip - No it is a picture from the newer times. Out of over 50.000 photographs stored in my digital archiv it is my personal number ONE. I want to tell you - WHY?
It happened nearly 4 years ago whilst travelling through the north of India. During a tour through the dessert of Rajastahn we were introduced to an tribe who lives on a small plot of land near Jodhpur. They make their living by farming and their little huts have no electricity or even running water. This family of about 12 people in three generations has made a concious decision to live this way and to keep traditions of their ancestors.
When we visited I could not help but wonder that people still - conciously - live this way and the clan eldest with the white turban and the round glasses drew my immediate attention. He could have been 50 or 101 years old - I have no idea, but there was something magical about him.
I was fascinated by his calm apperance and thought a long time about whether I could ask him take his picture. I make a point of asking people politely out of respect and try not to just click away without permission. Eventually I felt brave enough so I pointed at my camera, bowed a little and gave him my warmest smile. The next thing that happened was his face lighting up and giving me this wonderful smile.
This moment/photo to me is perfect. This old men may not be beautiful in our western understanding. But if you look in his eyes and his face you notice there is a glow within and around him. He is living with a minimum on the outside - but seems to live fulfilled with a maximum inside. He is just one of a billion people in this world. But ONE that reminds me every day of that it doesn´t need a lot to be happy and to live a good life. He is also the ONE that inspires me to peruse with photography. I sometimes wish I could go back to him and thank him for a that.
Since then, nevermind who I showed this picture, people took a few seconds to take him in smiled back. I have tried to edit this photograph a couple of times to make it look better. It´s not possible.
This picture, this men is REAL.
It is the moment is someones life who shared it with me for the blink of an eye.
He view is alive, he is NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL
And there could be no better picture than this one to describe what my type of photography is all about.
I´m a photographer by heart.
All I do is see things and capture them as they so that we can remember these moments forever.