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I was recently giving the great pleasure of reviewing a photography book, but unlike so many other books out there on this subject Lorenzo's book had so much more to offer.
In your life, you may come across a book that makes you stop and question where you are going. This is one such book. Having recently reached the grand age of 50, and like many others before me, it came as a shock to realise that so many years had drifted by. Reflecting on past achievements and lost opportunities was becoming a daily obsession and I was dearly in need of enlightenment. Call it serendipity, but along comes Lorenzo's book, "25 Lessons I've Learned About Photography... Life". At first I thought I was about to be presented with yet another manual on photography, well meaning as they are, most are so devoid of any emotional connection to photography. They fulfil little more than any camera manual does. Not so with this one. Lorenzo takes you on a journey where his passion for photography grows with every click of the camera, everything and everyone that is captured through his lens becomes another page in his mission to bring emotion and clarity to his, at times difficult, life.
Like the Manhattan streets that he would so frequently travel down, Lorenzo displays before you, the light, the shadow, the confrontations that would eventually guide him on his path to his own photographic nirvana. It's a journey that many of us have travelled regardless of our own personal living environment or conditions, but never has it been so well transcribed into words.
Within these pages you will not find an abundance of his photographic work either, this book is not an ego induced compilation, this book goes far beyond its subject matter, or dare I say, Lorenzo himself. It's a volume on the love of the medium of photography in all its forms. It displays an uncanny insight into the human psyche, what we want out of life, and how photography can help us attain it.
Inspiration can come from anywhere and often arrives from the most unlikely of places. It is what we choose to do with it that ultimately counts. If there is anything that photography can teach us is that anyone can do it. Digital photography has opened up the medium to everyone. If like Lorenzo, we open our eyes to what is around us, prepare to learn our craft, we too, in time, will see the light. Photography is timeless, life is not, Carpe Diem.
Review by Victor Habbick (photographer/artist).