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                                                                                         CALIGIANA COLOURS                                                                                           This is a work of ‘faction’.  Some of it true, some of it created from my own experiences with people on the streets, with people who have, nearly always through no fault of their own, found themselves in seemingly irresolvable circumstances.  All the names of the people who appear on these pages have been changed but it’s unavoidable that several will recognise themselves. I assure them that nothing I have written is meant in any way to offend them, indeed I feel I should thank them since without them this book would not have been possible.   

                                                                                       CALIGIANA COLOURS

                                                                                        This is a work of ‘faction’.

Some of it true, some of it created from my own experiences with people on the streets, with people who have, nearly always through no fault of their own, found themselves in seemingly irresolvable circumstances.

All the names of the people who appear on these pages have been changed but it’s unavoidable that several will recognise themselves. I assure them that nothing I have written is meant in any way to offend them, indeed I feel I should thank them since without them this book would not have been possible.

 

                                                                                                                   CALIGIANA COLOURS                                                                                                          Springtime in the rocky hills of Caligiana                                                                                                               brings a coloured tapestry of                                                                                                      wild flowers struggling to eke out an existence                                                                                                            in the rough, stony Umbrian soil.                                                                                                       This book is tesimony to their fragile beauty.                                                                                                       All that is missing are their subtle perfumes                                                                                                            which fill the brittle air but not, alas,                                                                                                                     the pages of this book.

                                                                                                                 CALIGIANA COLOURS

                                                                                                       Springtime in the rocky hills of Caligiana

                                                                                                             brings a coloured tapestry of

                                                                                                    wild flowers struggling to eke out an existence

                                                                                                          in the rough, stony Umbrian soil.

                                                                                                     This book is tesimony to their fragile beauty.

                                                                                                     All that is missing are their subtle perfumes

                                                                                                          which fill the brittle air but not, alas,

                                                                                                                   the pages of this book.

  'PORTRAITS'   Faces fascinate me; always have.  I can’t resist.  The camera draws me to them like a magnet.  No face is equal to another: like a snowflake, unique, impossible to repeat.  This is my collection of the faces (and their owners) I have had the good fortune to meet  while travelling the world.  I remember them all; when and where we met, chatting together,  often not understanding what the other was saying and where, by necessity,  the language we used was provided by my camera.  They are all to be found within this book; 229 photographs  which I hope you enjoy as much as I still do.

'PORTRAITS'

Faces fascinate me; always have.

I can’t resist.

The camera draws me to them like a magnet.

No face is equal to another: like a snowflake, unique, impossible to repeat.

This is my collection of the faces (and their owners) I have had the good fortune to meet

while travelling the world.

I remember them all; when and where we met, chatting together,

often not understanding what the other was saying and where, by necessity,

the language we used was provided by my camera.

They are all to be found within this book; 229 photographs

which I hope you enjoy as much as I still do.

  'CAMP LIFE'   A series of photographs during a commission for a charity  called 'Dubai Cares' in Syrian Refugee Camps  near Aleppo and the Lebanese border.

'CAMP LIFE'

A series of photographs during a commission for a charity

called 'Dubai Cares' in Syrian Refugee Camps

near Aleppo and the Lebanese border.

  'GLIMPSES of GHANA'   It was a ten day journey that initially had had nothing to do with photography. The brief required that I film the Cocoa Bean and Shea Nut plantations in Ghana for the EXPO exhibition in Milan scheduled for the spring of 2015. Ten days were insufficient to accomplish everything and, from necessity, the Land Cruiser travelled fast while flashes of Ghana passed, one after the after, before my eyes. Practically all the following photographs are tantalising glimpses taken from the Land Cruiser’s window at a 640th. of a second with the ISO setting set on automatic. Whenever it was possible to stretch my legs I was greeted by people with hospitable smiles and who, in spite of the poverty surrounding them, always showed great generosity and, more importantly,   usually managed to find the courage to overcome their natural fear of an intruder’s camera lense.   

'GLIMPSES of GHANA'

It was a ten day journey that initially had had
nothing to do with photography.
The brief required that I film the Cocoa Bean and
Shea Nut plantations in Ghana for the
EXPO exhibition in Milan scheduled for
the spring of 2015.
Ten days were insufficient to accomplish
everything and, from necessity, the Land Cruiser
travelled fast while flashes of Ghana passed,
one after the after, before my eyes.
Practically all the following photographs are
tantalising glimpses taken from the Land Cruiser’s
window at a 640th. of a second with the
ISO setting set on automatic.
Whenever it was possible to stretch my legs
I was greeted by people with hospitable smiles
and who, in spite of the poverty surrounding them,
always showed great generosity and, more importantly,  
usually managed to find the courage to overcome
their natural fear of an intruder’s camera lense.

 

  'COLOURS'   Colours which define and shape a composition  as effectively as a shape, a shaft of light or dark shadows  leading the eye to any given point.  Colours which define a mood, which give character to an image.  Within this book are  photographs which hopefully succeed  in illustrating this point.  Photographs which run the full range of the rainbow,  from red to yellow to green to blue and finally  to the rich tones of the all powerful black and white.  Follow them like Judy Garland.  ‘Follow 'The Yellow Brick Road’  along to the end enjoying the journey along the way.  Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Black and White.  You’ll find them all here at the end of the rainbow.   

'COLOURS'

Colours which define and shape a composition

as effectively as a shape, a shaft of light or dark shadows

leading the eye to any given point.

Colours which define a mood, which give character to an image.

Within this book are  photographs which hopefully succeed

in illustrating this point.

Photographs which run the full range of the rainbow,

from red to yellow to green to blue and finally

to the rich tones of the all powerful black and white.

Follow them like Judy Garland.

‘Follow 'The Yellow Brick Road’

along to the end enjoying the journey along the way.

Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Black and White.

You’ll find them all here at the end of the rainbow.

 

  'WHEN ALL ROADS LED TO LAMU'                                                                                                                                       The Island of Lamu nestles in an ancient                                                                                                                       and long forgotten river delta on the East Coast of Kenya.                                                                                                                An island where, once upon a time, almost all the then known world                                                                                                                    used to visit leaving behind rich cultures and superstitions and,                                                                                                                      most important of all, the birth place of the Swahili culture.                                                                                                                      Lamu is a jewel forgotten in time, a land of no pretentions                                                                                                                            where secrets still exist waiting to be discovered.                                                                                                                                          Long may it remain that way.         

'WHEN ALL ROADS LED TO LAMU'

 

                                                                                                                                 The Island of Lamu nestles in an ancient 

                                                                                                                    and long forgotten river delta on the East Coast of Kenya.

                                                                                                              An island where, once upon a time, almost all the then known world 

                                                                                                                 used to visit leaving behind rich cultures and superstitions and, 

                                                                                                                   most important of all, the birth place of the Swahili culture.

                                                                                                                    Lamu is a jewel forgotten in time, a land of no pretentions

                                                                                                                          where secrets still exist waiting to be discovered.

                                                                                                                                        Long may it remain that way.

 

 

 

  'DOWNSIDE DUBAI'   There are two sides to Dubai and one is slowly disappearing.   The problem is nothing happens slowly in Dubai.   The 180 photographs in this book were taken over a period of three years  in which the face of the city changed at a frightening pace,  acquiring its new appearance; one of cement monoliths, sparkling glass facades,  intertwining overpasses and six lane highways.   This, the upside of the city, has grown relentlessly at the expense of an older culture  that risks becoming seen as the city's downside.   All along the wharfs of the Creek and in the Souks which are crushed along its borders,  people still carry on with a lifestyle that exists since long before the words 'Anno Domini' came into being.   Slowly but surely Dubai's Downside is being sucked into a way of life  as alien to its being as the cement jungle surrounding it.   People who for centuries traded with dhows, bringing continents closer together,  now risk finding themselves a mere additional attraction for tourists  who come to ski and shop in the luxurious shopping malls that sprout like mushrooms throughout the city.   These photographs are a record of a people who bear little relationship to the brave new world surrounding them.  They are a tribute to a way of life which deserves to be remembered;  not in photograph albums or picture postcards, but with respect for an existence  that in no way should be considered the downside of anywhere,  but rather as the origin of the process that led to the city that proudly calls itself Dubai.   

'DOWNSIDE DUBAI'

There are two sides to Dubai and one is slowly disappearing. 

The problem is nothing happens slowly in Dubai. 

The 180 photographs in this book were taken over a period of three years

in which the face of the city changed at a frightening pace,

acquiring its new appearance; one of cement monoliths, sparkling glass facades,

intertwining overpasses and six lane highways. 

This, the upside of the city, has grown relentlessly at the expense of an older culture

that risks becoming seen as the city's downside. 

All along the wharfs of the Creek and in the Souks which are crushed along its borders,

people still carry on with a lifestyle that exists since long before the words 'Anno Domini' came into being. 

Slowly but surely Dubai's Downside is being sucked into a way of life

as alien to its being as the cement jungle surrounding it. 

People who for centuries traded with dhows, bringing continents closer together,

now risk finding themselves a mere additional attraction for tourists

who come to ski and shop in the luxurious shopping malls that sprout like mushrooms throughout the city. 

These photographs are a record of a people who bear little relationship to the brave new world surrounding them.

They are a tribute to a way of life which deserves to be remembered;

not in photograph albums or picture postcards, but with respect for an existence

that in no way should be considered the downside of anywhere,

but rather as the origin of the process that led to the city that proudly calls itself Dubai.

 

     'BLACK BLACK & WHITE'   Photographs in black and white  of the faces of Africa  and its many and varied peoples.   

 

'BLACK BLACK & WHITE'

Photographs in black and white

of the faces of Africa

and its many and varied peoples.