Eyes on the Street, a new f/50 The International Photography Collective photo project with fellows Keith Goldstein and John Meehan. ENJOY!
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A long and happy night with the Alpini celebrating the 92th Adunata nazionale dell’Associazione nazionali alpini (Ana) in Milan. Don’t care about blur, fun is always on the move! (FujiFilm X30)
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two shots) I pursued my research in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Whitechapel; very soon an initial disappointment was superseded by the curiosity for the “punk” scenarios/scenes that opened up in front of the lens (I shot with FujiFilm X30 and Fuji X100).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
MATTEO CESCHI, Milanese street photographer, essayist and journalist, he writes for several magazines and has exhibited his shots in various locations. His latest book, Un’altra musica. L’america nella canzoni di protesta, was published in 2018 by Mimesis Edizioni. He is a member of f50/The International Photography Collective. His latest projects were in collaboration with f/50 fellows John Meehan, Steve Coleman, Keith Goldstein and Peter Barton and with the Italian fashion brand Lucio Costa. He received a honorable mention at the 2015 International Photography Awards. In 2016 he realized with colleague Jim Marshall KO.existence, a photographic project exhibited in Sarajevo and in 2017 in Milan (with high-patronage of the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2017 he was curator of an exhibition of historic photos entitled Unseen Sixties at ExpoWall gallery in Milan. In Spring 2017 he launched with creative designer Federico Ramponi remoteclicking, a new shooting language that exploits mobile technology. He was the author of the “making of” of artist and director Federico Garibaldi’s short film, Un filo tra cielo, terra e acqua, winner of the Silver Dolphin prize at the 2018 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.
Cose passate sotto gli archi, Milano, early November 2018 [Olympus OM-D E-M5]
Esperimento di Resistenza, Milano, November 10, 2018 [Samsumg EX-1]