I am proud to introduce the outcome of the very first Photowrap experience, "The Ordinary"!
It's been a thrilling three-week adventure of intense work and dedication both from the students and myself.
During this workshop we have gone through the fundamental notions in photography and beyond, by debating and discussing on what makes a good photograph, how to compose a picture, building a photo-essay and more.
Many of the students had never worked on a story as such before their experience in Photowrap, and now they have been able to think, shoot and produce a series of photographs linked by one common theme, in this case The Ordinary.
Every-day things, common habits and places have been turned by the Photowrappers into extra-ordinary tales, by challenging what otherwise is perceived as "normal".
Through this journey, and with enormous efforts, the students have gradually built their own visual language, acquired a voice and sharpen their observation skills, while the introduction of three special guest reviewers, Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren and Frede Spencer has offered a unique chance for the workshop participants to share their work and thoughts with eminent figures of the industry.
Finally, I would like to sincerely thank:
Sophie Howarth, who welcomed the Photowrap idea and without whom we would not be here today, and I mean it!
Stephen Mclaren who has supported this project and helped me shaping it from the start.
Street Photography Now Project, from which the very first idea for Photowrap has been inspired.
My friend Graeme, who built our wonderful website and followed the creation of Photowrap since its beginning.
All the participants to "The Ordinary" who invested their efforts, time and love into this project.
And my Princess Elena whose love and support are plainly and simply out of proportions!!!
Arch to the 1889's World Fair, the Eiffel Tower was meant to mark the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
A Revolution indeed… It was such a striking and innovative piece of architecture for the time that most Parisians and personalities railed against it, and it was to be dismantled.
It survived. And nowadays, its riveting magic draws all in its wrapping presence, so iconic it is elusive to photograph.
I wanted to see beyond the appearances of the tourist postcard sets which freeze the glossy images of its steel structure, and conjure up through the lens the indefinable soul of the tower.
During this journey, I photographed the swan-like grace of bride, a moment of calligraphy, a dreamy carrousel, the vitality of young girls, smiling lovers sketched under lacy trees, impossibly tall street sellers, a playful lute musician, a pink-dressed loner on a bench, a focused photographer, a horse of times past and ordinary spring flowers, men dangerously perched on bridges, as is the photographer of the Eiffel Tower, always perilously within a hair's breadth of a cliché when seeking to illustrate the many fleeting and poetic lives within the distant or close frame of the tower.
Project to show how people create their own world when travelling on the tube.
From Chelsea to Battersea
A London bus travels from Chelsea to Battersea through a changing socio-cultural scene.
Shadows act as a point of reference, revealing what is unseen, absent and unnoticed. The people occupy spaces, move through them, sometimes alone, sometimes passing by as they look outside the frame, unaware of the shadows they trail behind them and have around them.
In some photographs, shadow is the subject itself. In others it acts as a participant in the narrative, underscoring the movement or, maybe, the joke. Sometimes it is the dominant character. And sometimes, it is just simply there.
The nosy pigeon, however, in its pushy way tried to upstage everyone else. I can’t claim to have known this at the time, although I was mesmerised by the eye, but it turns out to be a self-portrait as a photographer.
Dissenters, Bunhill Fields
- March 2011
Dissenters, Bunhill Fields - March 2011
''To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.''
London is a frenetic metropolis, time and space are dimensions that seem to progressively shrink year after year, and the habit of grabbing lunch or a coffee in-between things to do, is proportionally increasing. Hundreds of different cultures are present in London and they all seem to meet on the streets, in form of take-away food.
These photographs are of people in Oxford Street, London. My aim was to explore how things had changed since Sir John Betjeman wrote "Civilised Women".
The women who walk down Oxford Street
Have bird-like faces and brick-like feet;
Floppity flop go 'tens' and 'elevens'
Of Eesiphit into D.H. Evans.
The women who walk down Oxford Street
Suffer a lot from nerves and heat,
But with Bovril, Tizer and Phospherine
They may all become what they might have been.
They gladly clatter with bag in hand
Out of the train from Metroland,
And gladly gape, when commerce calls,
At all the glory of plate-glass walls,
And gladly buy, till their bags are full,
"Milton' cleaner and 'Wolsey' wool,
'Shakespeare' cornflour, a 'Shelley' shirt,
'Brighto', 'Righto' and 'Moovyerdirt'.
Commerce pours on them gifts like rain;
Back in Metroland once again,
Wasn't it worth your weary feet -
The colourful bustle of Oxford Street?
John Betjeman 1982
Carlos Alonso Martin
Just pictures of dogs.
Is a winking eye to Elliott Erwitt.
Sólo fotos de perros.
Se trata de un guiño a Elliott Erwitt.
Long exposure and multiple exposure digital images of five of Newcastle's iconic bridges, with movement.
Italy, Lost in Translation
These pictures, taken in Rome, reveal a hidden side of the Italian capital, away from the spotlight, displaced and unsettling, as people wonders around disorderly and with no specific aims.
Please Note: This is a work in progress.