This video is a short presentation of some of my favourite images I took along the years, combined with one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite photographers: MR Elliott Erwitt.
The day Auckland was taken over by peace keepers after corporate murderers signed the #TPPA.
It seems like the fight had just started as peace keeper were practicing acts of peaceful civil disobedience all over the city. A silent revolution had started and people were claiming back their power. The beginning of a tsunami of consciousness.
#tpp #tppaNoWay #tppaWalkAway #TakingPeoplesPowerAway
We arrive at the gynaecological ward of Auckland City hospital by 7:10 am on a typical wet spring morning. Rahwa seems to be more concerned about the fact we are 10 minutes late then with what is about to happen. She checks herself into what might be one of the most important procedures towards claiming back her life.
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It was a beautiful day for democracy when 10 thousand people took it to the streets of Auckland in protest against the secrecy and lack of public participation behind the negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Maori and Pakeha, young and old, all came together under one loud chant: TPPA NO WAY!
Guasasa is one of those places that I ended up by mere chance, but turned out to be one of the most intense experiences trough my travels.
While hitchhiking the west coast of Cuba I received information about this village that had recently been devastated by a hurricane. I packed my things and quickly left to capture the sad village in reconstruction.
I couldn’t be more wrong.
The old retired school bus makes the transfer to Guasasa every 3 days. on board men and woman working class, smoking cigars and sucking on the old dust from the gravel road. Me and my companion stand out as the odd ones out. Arriving late in the afternoon and setting up camp at the local beach, we are greeted by the group of older man that take care of the village. they mean no harm but come to check on us. Amazing sunset.
Next morning we receive a visitor that end up becoming our tour guide for the day. Jose Luiz is an 18 year old army official. In times where happiness is associated with material possession this place shows me otherwise. Free range is not just an expensive egg, it is all this people know, kids runs freely with pigs, hens, goats and all sorts of farm animals, and while the internet does not get to this end of the world pigeons seems to be doing a good job.
While back in the “developed” world every 3 year old already has a smartphone this village has a unique room dedicated to the only TV around, where kids get together for some jolly cartoon fun while under the gaze of revolutionary heroes posters.
I believe Guasasa summed up the Cuba experience, the beauty of simplicity and natural communal cooperative lifestyle.
Trincomalle was once the main center for dispute between Tamil and Sinhala. Even though you can now see the cultures side by side, the war has scarred the souls of the people and sorrow is portrayed on the faces of these fisherman. Nonetheless the younger generations look ahead and start seeing the benefits of tourism.
I am trilled to announce the official release of the PHOTO GIVING PROJECT:
The idea for this project came to mind after much deliberation of how we could use photography to positively change peoples life and to make something that is bigger than ourselves.
We didn’t want to create a traditional photo project where a photographer goes to a remote location, take some snaps of some exotic people to come back and show it to his friends as a piece of decoration on the coffee table. We wanted our project to be about the people and for the people and their places and trying to find a way to make our pictures benefit their lives.
So we started thinking and researching online on similar projects where people used art as tool for social change. and we discovered there are quite a few of them around, so we decided to take a different track on our concept.
That’s when it hit us: It was pretty simple, so here is what we are going to do: We will go to places where people have no or very little access to a camera. And we will take professional portraits of the people in those places. Then we will use a portable Polaroid printer to print these peoples pictures and give it back to them. So they can treasure their memories for ever.
I mean, think about the significance of a family portrait. Think about the amount of memories and feelings your family photos bring you. I know this because this is what I do for a living. That moment in time that is never coming back is priceless.
Now imagine if you didn’t have any moments like this to remember. If you grew up with no cameras or if your family could never afford to get their pictures taken.
If your house was on fire and you could only take one thing out of the house what would it be? If you answered “family photo album” you already understand what this project is about.
So our proposal is to take as many pictures of people as we can, our focus is not on the “misery and poverty award winning sad photos”. We want to take photos that give people a sense of identity, pictures that bring them joy, pictures that they can keep for generation to come. Pictures like the ones you can find on the rest of this website that I have taken in previous photo travel expedition.
But on my previous trips I had no way of giving those pictures back to the people right on the moment. I mean, I could leave a roll of film with them or a CD but most of them wouldn’t know what to do with that, I have sent back some of my pictures before but the reality is I can never be sure if they ever reach their destination.
But now with these Polaroids they can see and touch their pictures right there and then. but also keep them for years and years. And we will be able to be there and witness and record their reactions.
We are starting our project on June 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, and from there we will make our way trough Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal & Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia.
I hope that by now you are as keen as we are to get this project going. So thank you very much and we’ll see you in Asia.
What differs a Down syndrome kid from a child without Down syndrome? They still play, they still care and they are very affectionate. The real big difference is the way YOU treat them.
These photos were taken at a pre school specialized in the early childhood education of kids diagnosed with down syndrome in San Jose, Costa Rica