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5th ProZ.com Translation Contest

English to Macedonian


Source text:

All travel is now merely a means of moving a camera from place to place, all travellers are ruled by the all-powerful lens. Visitors old-fashioned enough to wish only to stand and look with their anachronistic eyes are shoved aside by the photographers, who take it for granted that while they do their ritual focusing, nothing else may move or cross their vision. Those peculiar souls without a camera must step aside for those more properly occupied, must wait while the rituals take place, and must bide their time while whole coaches stop and unleash upon the landscape the Instamatic God. And the populations of whole countries seeing themselves cannibalised, swallowed up, vacuumed into the black-ringed staring eye, wrench what they can from the cannibals. You want picture my house, my camel? You pay.

None of this would matter, perhaps, if anything worthwhile was being accomplished. If all the constant busyness and clicking produced, at its end, what had not existed before, images of beauty captured or truth told. But, sadly, this isn't so. The camera is simply graffiti made respectable.

The camera is the means by which we stamp ourselves on everything we see, under cover of recording the Wonders of the World already wonderfully
recorded by professionals and on sale at every corner bookshop and newsagent. But what use to show Aunt Maud, back home, postcards of the Tuscan landscape, since we are not in the picture to prove that we were there?

No stretch of rocks has verity unless I am within it. No monument exists
but for my wife, leaning against it. No temple is of interest without my face beside it, grinning. With my camera I appropriate everything beautiful, possess it, shrink it, domesticate it, and reproduce it on my blank sitting-room wall to prove to a selected audience of friends and family the one absolutely vital fact about these beauties: I saw them, I was there, I photographed them, and, ergo, they are.

from "Amateur Photography: the World as it isn't and our Fred" by Jill Tweedie in the Guardian

Entry #3349 - Points: 17 - WINNER!
Gabriela Nikolova
Денес патувањето претставува само начин на движење на фотоапарат од место до место, сите патници се управувани од семоќните леќи. Фотографите кои земаат сé здраво за готово додека го изведуваат своето ритуално фокусирање, и ништо друго не треба да се движи или да ја прекине Show full text

Entry #3086 - Points: 16
Секое патување во денешно време е така речи прилика да го прошетаме фотоапаратот од едно место на друго. Со сите патници владеат семоќни објективи. Старомодните посетители кои сакаат само да стојат и да гледаат со своите анахронични очи ќе бидат истуркани настрана од фотографите Show full text

Entry #3289 - Points: 11
Kalina Maleska-Gegaj
Патувањето денес се сведува само на преместување на фотоапаратот од едно место на друго, семоќните леќи раководат со сите патници. Посетителите кои се доволно старомодни за да застанат и да погледнат со своите анахрони очи брзо се избуткани од фотографите, кои, додека го извршуваат Show full text

Entry #3052 - Points: 9
Marina Marinova
Сега сето патување е само поместување на фотоапарат од едно место на друго, сите патници се обземени од семоќните објективи. Фотографите ги буткаат настрана старомодните посетителите кои сакаат само да стојат и да набљудуваат со своите анахрони очи, тие сметаат дека додека Show full text

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