Eyes on the Street, a new f/50 The International Photography Collective photo project with fellows Keith Goldstein and John Meehan. ENJOY!
SEE: Eyes on the Street!
Three plastic men skaters (by ToyBoarders Skateboarders) run around the house: from the fridge to the terrace they challenge gravity. (Shots by FujiFIlm X30)
Each of us has dreamed once as a child of being an astronaut. Years after those reveries, a typical reading lamp from the Seventies and a rubber action figure bring back the childish dream. My FujiFilm X30 did the rest. The sidereal space is now ready to be conquered…
The original idea for this photo project was to go looking for Jack London’s traces/footprints in the East End area – London visited the East End ‘hoods in the early twentieth century (see The People of the Abyss, 1903). Topography excepted, nothing remains of that early XXth century London.
Starting from the area of the docks and the London Docklands Museum (immortalized in the first two shots) I pursued my research in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Whitechapel; very soon an initial disappointment was superseded by the curiosity for the “punk” scenarios/scenes that opened up in front of the lens (I shot with FujiFilm X30 and Fuji X100).
Maintaining a historic storytelling, I physically abandoned the first decade of the Twentieth Century and pushed myself closer, towards the present days. So, I discovered the disciples of Banksy (they could be disciples or… might very well be Mr. Banksy himself operating under new pseudonyms), along with melting pot scenes and punk/street attitude.
No Jack London traces were found, but I consider the famous American writer guided me in a subliminal way during a three-days photo walk. Without sinking into the abyss as he did – at the time, Jack London lived eighty days in the slums with the poorest people in London – I pushed myself beyond “the easy job” and I started to collect photos that interacted with each other (in pairs), turning the visual sketches into a document. Each couple of frames is a single voice in a wider story where social and architectural geometries blend or merge into each other.
London, late January 2019
In a recent interview, granted to f/50 member Matteo Ceschi, by Italian artist/director/photographer Federico Garibaldi, the latter talked about how he felt after completing an assignment. Federico described the feeling as “something in between a state of mind and a state of heart”.
This description immediately resonated with us and led us to consider how this notion of head and heart might exist in our own imagery. Here are our own responses.
SEE: STATE OF MIND/STATE OF HEART realized with f/50 fellows Steve Coleman, Keith Goldstein and John Meehan
Et voilà, f/50 The International Photography Collective ‘s new project realized with my fellow Keith Goldstein. ENJOY!
Unsharp Mask, a new f/50 project with my fellows Keith Goldstein, John Meehan, PD Barton and Steve Coleman. ENJOY!