Posts from the ‘photography’ Category
I went to a photo exhibition. Not just any photo exhibition, but the worldwide premiere of Sebastiao Salgado’s latest work: Genesis. If it comes your way, i strongly advise not to miss it; it is a real eye-opener.
The show was held in the exhibition hall of Rome’s Ara Pacis Augustae, a modern monument sheathing an ancient one which i have previously ragged on in this column. Read all about that here.
If truth be told, the spaces were exceptional, as was the cleanliness and the illumination. Above all, the photography is sublime. Many, many prints impeccably printed nice and large. All in all, an exceptionally organized event – congratulations to all those involved in bringing this spectacular show to life.
Last but not least, the master himself was present, smiling, answering questions, autographing books, shaking hands. Sebastiao Salgado, you are the man!
Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour.
There is not much in the quiet hamlet of Puerto Angel, near Pochutla, Mexico. A quiet, crystal-clear bay, a sandy beach dotted with elegant fishing boats. And a large concrete pier from which to take all the views in…
There may not be much in Puerto Angel. But there is light and there is life. As far as this street photographer is concerned, there is everything that really matters, in Puerto Angel.
Hope you enjoyed.
I went to a photo exhibit. In a museum. Which was actually a market, in Roman times. Some market!
The photo show was mostly ho-hum. Bits and pieces dipersed here and there among busts and other archaeological finds. The museum itself, in the Mercato di Trajano, however, offered glimpses on a Rome i’d never seen portrayed quite this way. Please, enjoy!
Yes, it’s crazy to go to a museum to see a photo exhibit, then largely ignore the photos. And then, even largely overlook the many lovely artefacts on display, only to focus on the light, filtering through the modern plexiglass panels, through the old windows, through modern ones, through holes in the walls. Filtering the light, bending it, channelling it, distorting it. With it, the city outside.
Irresistible, and made all the more so by the “No photography!” signs hanging here and there. Ha! No photography? And keep all this light to yourself? Not when this photographer is in town…
One look at the light in this set ought to clear any doubt as to why many a person might choose to leave the rain of England behind and settle in the sunny little appendage of the UK that sticks out like a sore thumb into the Mediterranean Sea from the southernmost bit of Spain, that fiercely independent, fascinating, proud and quite unique country of Gibraltar.
Photo essay taken in August 2012, files edited May 2013.
La Roya, or leaf rust, is spreading like wildfire through Central America, badly attacking coffee plants and therby affecting the livelihoods of individuals from all walks of life. This color photo essay focuses on the very hard work the coffee culture provides in and around San Pedro de la Laguna, Guatemala. Each and every one of these workers, and the economy as a whole, will take a severe beating unless a solution is soon found to this terrible airborne fungus.
I had published some of these before, in monochrome and in instalments. This is a set i put together to apply for a grant. The reportage was of a geographic/editorial character when i shot it – aiming to describe the various phases of labor intensive operations behind our daily cups of coffee. The call for entries to apply for the grant, however, explicitly asked for a report concerning a social issue. Any social issue, taken in any date, on any topic. To be told in no more than twenty pictures, carefully arranged in a meaningful sequence.
I only had two photos on the roya proper, and many on coffee production, but i’m hoping strategic placement – as the opening and closing images to the set – will help convert this into a “social” photo essay. What do you think – is this too gimmicky or might it just pull it off?
How effective was the ploy? I don’t know yet, but if i pull it off, you’ll be among the very first to know…