Articoli marcati con tag ‘Africa through iPhone’

On-line la galleria su AFNI Associazione Fotografi Naturalisti Italiani

On-line la galleria su AFNI Associazione Fotografi Naturalisti Italiani

AFNI Associazione Fotografi Naturalisti Italiani

The eyephoneography #3 nominations!

The eyephoneography #3 nominations

Congratulations!
You have passed the first round and have been nominated for eyephoneography #3.
The shortlist is composed by 14 people including yourself out of 378 submissions.

Mobile Photo Awards: GRAND PRIZE

Mobile Photo Awards: GRAND PRIZE

The GRAND PRIZE as voted on by the complete group of judges is INDIFFERENCE by Stefano Pesarelli – CONGRATS Stefano! An inspiring moment in time, a soulful and powerful image of innocence. The MPA is thrilled to announce this image as our first winner!

“Realities you know, stories “around the corner” are often the best source of inspiration for a photographer.
I was in Malawi, in a small village a few kilometers outside the capital city, Lilongwe, where I live. The rainy season was nearly over and the light perfect for a black and white photo.
Annine was playing with her doll made of mud, prepared with great care in details; Vero on the background was looking at me protecting herself with a cotton cloth that “recalled” the same pattern of Annine’s T-shirt. These were the elements that drove me to take pictures.
I stayed with them some time for some more shots.
Later, reading the words of an Italian writer, I noticed they were perfect to tell this shot.”
© Stefano Pesarelli

The indifference. “They have forgiven us for slavery, for colonialism, for apartheid. Will they be able to forgive us also for indifference?” [Ambrogio Borsani]

This picture belongs to “Africa through iPhone“, a wide photographic project tending to combine the reality and the stories of a continent with this new photographic language in order to create tangible and communicative images.”

This picture was taken with an iPhone 3 Gs.

Mobile Photo Awards

Shoot 4 Change: Riflessioni sulla fotografia e impegno sociale con Stefano Pesarelli e Antonio Amendola

Shoot 4 Change
Riflessioni sulla fotografia e impegno sociale con
Stefano Pesarelli e Antonio Amendola

“…conoscere Stefano Pesarelli è stata una di quelle coincidenze che capitano poche volte nella vita. O meglio, capitano se le fai capitare. O, ancora meglio, capitano (eccome se capitano) perché – come si dice – “simili con simili”. Ci unisce la passione per i viaggi, l’amore per l’Oriente e per l’Africa, il fascino per il moderno e veloce unito al lento e pigro. Ed entrambi abbiamo recentemente intrapreso un particolare approfondimento sui temi della fotografia ed impegno sociale…” Shoot 4 Change

Manfrotto School of Xcellence: London, 2 December: a photograph at auction for fund-raising.

London, 2 December: a photograph at auction for fund-raising.
Photography and social commitment.

This photograph, taken more than one year ago with an iPhone in a village in Malawi, is among the winners of an International contest: CreativeHive. From 29 November to 3 December it will be exhibited in London, at The Gallery on the Corner, Battersea Park, and auctioned on 2 December to raise money for Kids Company, a humanitarian association dealing with the supply of an educational support to the most helpless children in the city of London.
This recent award and the fact of being a member of Shoot 4 Change, a nonprofit Italian organization made up of photographers, designers and artists socially engaged with photography, offered me the possibility to think about photography and social commitment.
My iPhone follows me everywhere, has allowed me to tell stories during my life in Africa, has granted me to take photographs without being considered a photo-reporter and to communicate with the rest of the world through the social networks.
The impact of these technologies on photography is incredible and recent events in northern Africa have proved that, but there is another very interesting point of view an image could and maybe should aim at: social commitment.
A shot with a Smartphone is possible for everyone, uploading it to one’s contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ is easy as well, however how many of us have ever thought that one of our own photographs can contribute to change things? I think only a few.
The purpose of a photograph can exceed the perfection of an excellent shot to aim  higher and reach some goals.
Over the years I have learned that, most of the time, the stories to tell are right before our eyes, in our everyday-life. It is right when you start looking at this everyday-life with unconcerned and new eyes that you take the shot that tells and makes a difference. You need time to be familiar with the reality around us, together with a bit of distancing effect that makes reality look clearer and sharper. This is what happened to me in Africa with the picture of Annette.

Manfrotto School of Xcellence

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