Keeping pictures alive

Aristotle once said: "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life." He also said: "We are what we repeatedly do". Assuming both as a photographer...what is the meaning and purpose of taking pictures?

In the summer of 2008 I hitchhiked the Icelandic ringroad having shot loads of Kodak E100VS slides, some Portras and a roll of BW PAN400 in an abandoned fish factory in Djúpavík. Back home I sacrificed more than a week to developping, scanning and adjusting. As a result I arranged a classic slideshow for friends and organized a small exhibition in a café in Brno dedicated to the village of Djúpavík. It was a great thrill, fun and I guess we all enjoyed the fuzz. Well that´s it and that´s all...fair enough, one would say. However these days all of the prints are tucked under my bed, the slides are burried in boxes and one fine print is hanged in my room. Practically the pictures are far from being alive. A year after coming back from Iceland I joined facebook and ran into a group called Ísafjörður. Some members had already posted a couple of pictures. Those were mostly landscapes but no people. This brought me to an idea of posting some of my pictures of Ísafjörður there. Obviously I wondered if anyone would recognize yet to me unknown characters. And it worked :) I´m not a big fan of fb...but hey!? Reactions made me feel happy and cheered other folks up. Actually the photos got a new sense - to make someone happy.

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