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two shots) I pursued my research in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Whitechapel; very soon an initial disappointment was superseded by the curiosity for the “punk” scenarios/scenes that opened up in front of the lens (I shot with FujiFilm X30 and Fuji X100).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
When politicians in bad faith play with the life of people, some men and women rise up against their lies. “Bremainers” or “Remainers” spend time every day in front of Westminster Hall trying to fight the widespread lack of information that is behind the outcome of the Brexit referendum. As Altiero Spinelli wrote in the Manifesto di Ventotene in 1941, only a free and united Europe will be able to fight against social inequalities and privileges. This series of pics is dedicated to all the gallant fighters I meet in a sunny late January morning in London. (shots taken with FujiFilm X30 e Fuji X100)
#fuckbadfaithpoliticians #europe #remain #bremain #stopbrexit #stopignorance
June 15, 2008. 66 years later I stepped on the same beach where Commonwealth and US soldiers fought and died against the Nazi army. At the time of my visit in Varengeville-sur-Mer a couple of tourists trekked on the seabed (low tide effect, you know), another one was sunbathing under the falaise. In the distance Dieppe calmly lived another day of peace. Nobody seemed to remember the sacrifice of the brave young men who in August 1942 defied Nazi domination over Europe. These five b&w never-published-before frames taken with a compact digital camera are my personal tribute to all the soldiers who fought “The Forgotten Battle for Freedom.” Thanks, boys! #fightfascism
For more info on Dieppe Raid-Operation Jubilee see Association Jubilee-Dieppe.
My Olympus Zuiko 17mm f2.8 lens review in Olympus Passion. ENJOY!