“WITH EYES CLOSED”

Have you ever also found yourself observing fascinated at other people sleeping in public in front of you? Or have you ever awoken from a quick nap yourself in the subway, train or plane, or at the beach or park, and wondered if anyone could have been looking at you? One of the few things in life that makes us all equal is our need and appreciation for the act of sleeping. When we fall asleep in public surrounded by strangers, we enter in a particularly interesting and vulnerable space, that makes for a fascinating observation.

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“STRANGERS NO MORE: POSITIVE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY”

They started as strangers, subjects photographed on the street as candid images without permission asked or interaction had, taken for artistic purpose. But for different reasons, and with social media often playing a key role, I eventually got to meet the people in the photographs and established human connections with them. Often over coffee, we shared great conversation and I got to learn more about their lives. In addition, I gifted each of them a print of their original photograph, and captured them holding it. Strangers no more, indeed…and proof that street photography has a positive side you seldom hear about.

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“(DES)CONOCIDOS: FOTO DE CALLE EN POSITIVO”

Empezaron siendo desconocidos, sujetos fotografiados en la calle en imágenes tomadas sin posar, sin permiso, o sin interacción, con un propósito artístico. Pero por una u otra razón, y a menudo con las redes sociales jugando un papel clave, llegué a conocer a las personas en mis fotos y establecí una conexión humana con ellos. Casi siempre tomando café y con una gran charla, aprendí sobre sus vidas, les regalé una copia impresa de su foto original y les tomé un retrato posando con ella. De desconocidos a conocidos… y prueba de que la foto de cale tiene un lado positivo sobre el que no se habla a menudo. 

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“THE ETHICS OF BEING INVISIBLE”

When we go to the streets of the cities to capture Street Photography for an artistic or documentary purpose, are we allowed to photograph strangers without their explicit consent? Is it ok to do so? Can it lead to conflict? This article is a personal view on the issue of photographers rights while also strongly advocating for an ethical and empathic approach when taking candid images.

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Oedipus Rex

“LA ÉTICA DE SER INVISIBLE”

Cuando salimos a las ciudades a sacar Foto de Calle con un propósito artístico o documental, ¿podemos fotografiar a desconocidos sin su permiso explícito? ¿Es correcto que lo hagamos? ¿Puede generar conflictos? Este artículo es una visión personal sobre la cuestión de los derechos de los fotógrafos, y a la vez un llamado para un enfoque ético y empático al tomar fotografías “robadas” (sin posar).

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“LEFT OUTSIDE”

When a little dog is born, life is nothing but sweet — hooked on the mother suckling all day, surrounded by its siblings, which provide warmth and a sense of safety. Eventually, sooner or later, a somehow traumatic separation with its mom and the litter will happen — and each little pup will end up […]

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“THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT FADE”:

New York visual artist and teacher Frank H Jump is the true definition of a survivor. In the week he turns 54 years old, this former ACT UP founding member reminisces about 30 years of surviving with HIV, cancer and the emotional losses of friends during the AIDS crisis. The fear of disappearing pushed his life towards art and education, with his documentary photo project “The Fading Ad Campaign” standing as a metaphor of survival, identity and life expectancy, and his inspiring work as a school teacher.

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