Eyes and skills
I walk in your footsteps
He had studied photography, but more than that,
his eastern eyes had a wide vision of 180 degrees and he had an absolute eye, which is very rare and means being able to focus the depth of his own field of vision, this compared with the absolute ear that tunes the accuracy of the G and the intonation of all other notes.
As a young photographer he worked with a model agency and called those beautiful girls: coat hangers. This fact always made me think that he didn’t like me essentially. I asked him about my beauty and he used to answer
“You are, you’re nice and beautiful enough for me, for an old gypsy”.
When he was eighteen he knew an Indian girl and they fell into a unique deep love. He began to eat spicy food and still forty years later, he filled the kitchen with curry, turmeric, cardamom, paprika and other odorous spices, in that way he lead his memories back to that Indian girl.
For some reason, he lost her, he was in love and desperate, so decided to emigrate and he flew to L.A.
There he worked as a jackal reporter providing the local press with photos of accidents and brawls. He rented a room in a building of dubious attendance in the Valley. During the night he rode, unbridled, his motorcycle, in that way emptying his mind and so surviving his hard-nosed life. The girls were nice, they called him to have sex for free but he never could betray his memories.
As it happens, during a police raid in that building, they locked him up and he had to leave the country in less than 24 hours. He was working without a green card, in the States this is a reason to be deported.
At home, the establishing of the National TV awaited him.
They were all pioneers and began that beautiful job in a little area in the city.
He was the absolute first cameraman and Lighting Director. In the 60s he brought color to the Studios, he did all that with his gypsy feeling and in a short time he was known as the most innovative Lighting Director in central Europe.
He soon began to invent palimpsest and write screenplays for events, games and music. He became Chief of Special Projects.
Before meeting him I worked on several TV sets all over Europe and I always thought that he was so skilled he could direct big theaters like La Scala in Milan.
But he was humble and went on working on that national channel bringing news and a sense of humanity to everyone.
He became chief of every creative unit and in the 90s, when Gestalt and Design became a reality, he took this function into his hands.
And now here we go…