A few days ago, teaming up with a good friend of mine, I have looked through more than 1500 pictures shot while crossing a a great European town. At the end, my friend told me: “Wow! That is great! I was very lucky to be with you! In this way, I have seen a lot of things that I have used to pass by without noticing them. Sir, you do have fantastic observation skills!” This last sentence brought me back 15-20 years ago, when together with my colleagues, members of a famous medical faculty, we were in a small room of a post-communist era hospital in front of an ill patient’s bed with our great attending doctor. Being at the semiology class, (where we learn the signs and the symptoms of diseases), we had to analyse the patient and tell towards what disease our observations led us. We all offered an opinion and finally, I added that I have noticed a discreet sign around the patient’s eyes, fact that lead us to a specific disease of a particular organ. When we came out of the room, the attending doctor took my hand and told me:” Sir, you are a fantastic observant!” The similarity between these two statements, made 20 years apart, in relation to my two professions I have practiced, made me wonder if there are things in common between medicine and photography. Certainly, this spirit of observation is a common ground. Especially if we think that the sense of observation is made of “observation”, meaning “eyes” and from “sense”, something that deals with brain, heart, feelings, intuition and who knows how many more other elements.

Moreover, in both crafts, after a long and hard period of nonstop practice and after overcoming some teaching barriers, one can reach an advanced level, an artistic one, quite unattainable by the regular people.

Chapter II

The problem is: how often does the consumer of medical and photographic services meets an artist?

It rarely happens and generally, the consumer feels the difference. It is true that time and again, the consumer is not interested in the tricks of the trade or in the art of crafting itself, yet, life is more complex than it seems! …that is why it is so beautiful!

I endeavour to believe that this special sense of observing things is the “secret and the engine” behind the collection of travel images I created on www.provisualstock.com