Filemón Barba/Borned to be a photographer

Filemon Barba
Filemon Barba

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Filemon Barba
Filemon Barba

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Filemon Barba
Filemon Barba

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Filemon Barba
Filemon Barba

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At 82, Don Filemón Barba, the legendary photographer who worked over 50 years at la Plaza 24 de Septiembre, located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is reunited with his almost centenary dark camera. Time dos not pass freely, He feels the fatigue in the body and he is aware that his faculties of photographer are the same. After more than six vears of retreat, prepare the approach and give instructions to the person who is preparing to portray. He indicates with a soft voice do not move, turn your face towards the camera and smile, afterwards he uncover the lens, allowing light rays draw on paper. Quickly he closes it again. He takes a look through the peephole of the camera and start to maneuver inside of her. He takes the paper and soak it in the chemical developer. The silhouette of a young woman appears slowly.

Don Filemón waits a few more seconds and passes the photo to the liquid fixative. Continue looking closely at what is going occurring inside the device, as if it were witnessing a miracle. He lifts his head, opens the gate and remove the Photograph. His eves shine while his trembling hand shows the work "I was born to be a photographer", concludes Don Philemon Barba

Written by Pablo Berdecio.