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Self-portrait.

Posted: November 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Self-portrait.

I am back to India for the forth time. Between commercial and fashion shootings I dedicate some time shooting reportage, my aged passion. How can you avoid shooting people and festival once you are here?

Last week Hindus celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya” (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the river to immerse it.

Last month I bought a new smartphone, and I discoverd the app Instagram. I started to take few pictures and played with some filters. I can say that it is quite fun having a small camera with you all the time and take some images whenever you wish. It just push you to observe around you more than usual.

Here few samples of Instagram shots I took in the last 2 weeks. And more to come.

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All photos Copyright 2012 Marco Mega

I was in Rome walking near Viale dei Condotti where the best fashion designers show their collection to people coming from all over the world. I saw a sign Todo o Nada – Mario Testino and I was so excited to discover his exhibition.

Mario Testino is one of the world’s most celebrated photographers. His pictures of Princess Diana and Kate Moss are amazing.

The exhibition show 54 pictures by Mario Testino which reveal two opposing directions in his work: fashion and the nude. He says:” The pictures start fully clothed and end naked. But where does fashion photography end and portraiture begin?”

“I like strong, independent women. Women who, despite their strength, never lose their femininity and who don not use their beauty as a tool. Women with personality who can reflect their own desires and ours”.

You can see the exhibition until 23 November at Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome.

After hours spent in front of my laptop editing for Alamy, I decide to go to South Bank to walk along the river to rest my eyes and my mind and I can not resist to bring my camera with me, my intimate friend. And  in fact, after 10 minutes I see a group of teenagers and over 20 skating and cycling in the skate area before the London Eye. I stop to observe and I take my camera and start to shoot. The last sun rays of the day are lighting up the graffiti on the walls and the guys who are playing here.

I have just started a project about retro socialising-vintage and burlesque. After The Clap Olympiad and a night of Burlesque with Tassel Club, last night I shot during a swing party. Sounds from the 40’s and 50’s with Black Cotton at Volupte Club.

NIght life

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
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In London the night life is exciting. Here you can see some shots from the past weeks in Guanabara club.

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People between people

Posted: June 9, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Everyday we see people everywhere. Everyday we meet people. Every night we dream about people. Everyone are people.

To all the people on this heart

There are mean people,
Keen people,
People that are in
Between people

There are nice people,
Rolling dice people,
People with hearts of
Ice people

There are cool people,
School people,
People who follow the
rules people

There are sweet people,
Neat people,
People who
Rub your feet people

There are bug people,
Smug people
People who give you
hugs people

There are funny people,
Nunny people,
People who are
tidy and cunning people

There are smart people,
Warm heart people
People who wanna be
Apart from people

There are lazy people,
Crazy people,
People who pick
daisies people

There are joke people,
Coke people,
People who like
to poke you people

There are pain people,
Cane people,
People who say its gonna
Rain people

There are dish people,
Fish people,
People who like to
wish people

There are mopey people,
Dopey people,
People with lots of
hopey people

There are seer people,
Deer people,
People who like to
Drink beer people

There are trail people,
Sail people,
People who give you your
Mail people

There are shoe people,
True people,
People who paint
with blue people

There are dog people,
Smog people,
People who like
to saw logs people

There are flying people,
Dying people,
People who are
Crying people

There are baby people
Maybe people,
People who drive
A Mercedes people

There are close people,
Nose people,
People who goes
where you goes people…

Kelly Curiel

The colourfull world

Posted: June 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Last year I was travelling in India. After leaving Kolkata I went by train to the State of Orissa in Puri.

Puri is one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in India situated on the shoreline of the Bay of Bengal in the State of Orissa. What attracts many people is the life that revolves around the fisherman village. A genuine settlement close to the beach where the fishermen live with their families. Orissa, India. 11/11/2009.

The shore is full of boats parked alongside one another. At sunset, some fishermen prepare nets beneath the sails of blue still on the floor that gives shelter from the blazing sun. Many children run on the beach and play. Some women wear on their head a basket full of fish walking on the seashore. Many people gather around the fish brought in from the boats and deposited on the sheeting. Prawns, king fish, mackerels, crab, tuna, silver fish and many others are ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

At dawn the village is already in full swing. They take the fish caught at night that are preserved by ice, the women take it from the tarps and put it in baskets. Others are engaged in cooking, washing clothes or cleaning. In front of the village, rubbish heaps rise on the beach and birds, dogs and pigs find food to eat. The crows are based on structures of wood and contemplate the sea.

Fishermen use the beach as toilet. The shoreline is full of human faeces and the smell is stronger than that of fish.
Towards the horizont they are many fishing boats, the sky is cloudy, dark grey and the sun’s rays penetrate through, forming a halo that illuminates the boats.

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Portraits from the past

Posted: May 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

The portraiture is one of my favourite kind of photography, because you can really see the soul of the person who is in front of you from his eyes or details. Every face give to you different feeling and this is fantastic. Here you can see some of my portrait taken few years ago.

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Keepers at ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on April 27, 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 15,104 individuals, from the smallest monkey to the tall giraffe, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London, ZSL (established in 1826), and is situated at the northern edge of Regent’s Park.
ZSL, as international conservation organization have more than four hundred people working behind the scenes leading the world of animal care, research and conservation in more than 30 countries around the world in projects to protect animals in their natural habitat.
The role of a zoo keeper is one of the most popular jobs involving animals. They have responsibility both to the animals and to the general public. Keepers provide daily care for a zoo’s animals. Their routine involves cleaning enclosures, preparing food, providing fresh water and clean bedding and ensuring that animal enclosures are kept at the appropriate temperature and humidity. They also keep records on health, diet and the behaviour of the animals in their care and assist the vet when either preventive or curative treatment is needed.
Keepers also require good communication skills to be able to impart their enthusiasm, commitment and knowledge to the visitors. Keepers are an essential part of public education programmes, giving talks and participating and organizing events and activities for school groups and other interested parties. At ZSL London Zoo they are about 50 keepers. The zoo is open to visitors for few hours each day, but the animals are there 24 hours a day all year. The keepers need to be present all the time and some of them live at the zoo. The day starts early at 8am when a keeper’s first task is to check that all the animals are well. The work is hard, and they work long hours and regular weekends.
Keepers are usually recruited initially for the summer season only (Easter-September). The best of these temporary keepers may be retained for permanent employment. After completing a six-month probationary period, new keepers begin a two-year flexible learning course leading to the City & Guilds Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals. This involves studying nutrition, enclosure design, hygiene and safety, breeding, transporting animals, diseases and the role of zoos in conservation, education and research.
ZSl London Zoo offer the “Keeper for a Day” experience which gives  to people an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals, for one day and also offers a unique insight into the day-to-day life of zoo keepers and their charges. Budding keepers can try their hand at tasks such as preparing food for animals, feeding the giraffes and the monkies, cleaning the penguin pool and going behind the scenes at the big cats. People have to pay a lot money for this experience,
£ 270,00 for the full day and £ 170,00 for half day.

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