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I have decided to create a new blog in Tumblr, focusing on my personal project STILL.

You can have a look at http://photoprojectstill.tumblr.com/

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Martha Van Der Bly is a lovely actress and videomaker from Holland based in London. I had the opportunity to shoot her in Camden before I left to India.

“She’d frustrate you. She’d irritate you beyond measure but you forgave her…

because you sensed she was wise and that she knew things and, if you were lucky,

she might tell, but like Mary Poppins… she never told.”

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

London Fashion Week is over after 6 days of catwalks, but fashion is not only the one you see during the runway, people wear clothes every day and they want to show off their look to the crowd.

Here  are some shots taken at Somerset House during London Fashion Week SS 2012. They are bizarre, classic, colorful, serious, and much more… Enjoy!

 

Obama was in London between 24 and 26 May and so many protests by the muslims happened in these days. American and English people were excited to see the US President on the street of London, going to Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, Backingham Palace and the Parliament.

Tension was high for security reasons but everything was well done.

 

In 2009 I travelled more than 3 months in India and Nepal to document the situation of the Tibetan refugees after 50 years the Dalai Lama was the first Tibetan escaped from Tibet to India. I would like to show some pictures taken in Tibetan schools in Indi a. This is only one chapter of a wider reportage which cover Tibetan hospital, settlement, old people homes, buddhist monasteries.

From its humble beginning forty nine years ago, Tibetan Children’s Village has today become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet every year. It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in South, with about 17000 children under its care. The Mission of Tibetan Children’s Villages (TCV) – an integrated charitable organization – is to ensure that all Tibetan children under its care receive a sound education, a firm cultural identity and become self-reliant and contributing members of the Tibetan community and the world at large. TCV provide parental care and love, develop a sound understanding of Tibetan identity and culture, provide effective modern and Tibetan education, child -centered learning atmosphere in the schools, environment for physical and intellectual growth, suitable and effective life and career guidance for social and citizenship skills.
At the request of H.H the Dalai Lama, the Government of India, in 1961, established the Tibetan Schools Society (now called Central Tibetan Schools Administration), an autonomous body regulated by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development, to manage and assist schools in India for the education of the children of Tibetan refugees. There are 28 CTSA schools whose enrolment is currently about 10000 students.

In India they are two main education institutions for Tibetan refugees, TCV, Tibetan Children’s Village and the Central Tibetan Schools Administration. But they are also several monastic schools and universities spread in the 39 refugee settlement in India.

 

Last Sunday I went to shoot at Erotica, the largest erotic show in the world. People were free to wear what they wanted, many women were wearing just lingerie and it was good to see the sexual freedom of many couples. No tabu at all!!

 

October 16th, 2010.

I used to shoot Leinster rugby matches when I was in Dublin. And now after 1 year I left Dublin, I meet again Leinster at Wembley Stadium in London. It wins against Saracens during an exciting game for the Heineken Cup.

 

October 15th, 2010.

The party is titled Bal Argentèe. It is held at Stoke Place, situated in the countryside, one hour from London. The three storey ‘William and Mary’ style house was built as a family home in 1690 by Patrick Lamb. Later, east and west wings were added to the building creating a substantial and impressive country house and the infamous talents of Capability Brown turned the surrounding grounds into a quintessential rural idyll. Stoke Place is now a 30 bedroom hotel.

The coach to go there leaves from Hanover Square, near Oxford circus. i can e already the atmosphere inside. People chat and already drink, even without bar. Small bottle of spirits and wine spread along the seats. Many people wear silver dresses because of the theme of the night. The countryside house is surrounded by grass and style is lovely. A nice twister stairs go up to the first floor, the wall is green and decorated by many empty frames and long chandelier which hang down in the middle and light up this corner. I go inside a room where many dresses are ready to be worn by the guests, women and gentlemen.

In the backyard a beautiful lady with a white dress plays chess with two gentlemen with the light comes from the house and long shadows reach out the forest around. The Astrological Cocktail Lounge feature a zodiac cocktail list and it a perfect spot to observe the night sky. And many more surprises…

September 25th, 2010

The French phrase ‘La Belle Epoque’ refers to the pre-war ‘fine period’ typified by extravagant dressing and the height of luxury living for the elite.

At the door Nadia give me a really nice welcome. She is very nice with me, she brings me inside and she orders a drink at the bar, a nice cocktail with a delicate taste of lemon. It sounds to be in the 20’s in America, but I am in East London. Can can dancers, acrobatic performance, Montmarte music, corsets and much more. The room is quite dark, few chandeliers light the bar upstairs, some spotlights light up the acrobats, a nice woman makes face paintings and red curtains on the walls give a touch of glamour to the room. But the modern disco music during the last two hours I think is not really appropriate.

The Last Tuesday Society is a ‘Pataphysical organization founded by William James at Harvard in the 1870s and presently run by The Chancellor, Mr.Viktor Wynd and the Tribune, Suzette Field with the aid of The Fellows of The Society.

It is devoted to exploring and furthering the esoteric, literary and artistic aspects of life in London and beyond.

The party on Saturday night is near Charing Cross. Outside it doesn’t look a public club, but once you open the door some stairs go down, you can feel under your feet a soft carpet and listen some old music. At the entrance a nice woman give to everybody a peacock plume. People are really elegant and a tall “lady”, who looks like a child, with a pink miniskirt, walk around with a plastic doll taking care of it. It is surreal.

“an achievement in art or in letters grows more interesting when we begin to percieve its connections; and indeed it maybe said that the study of connections is the recognised function of intellegent criticism”

Henry Jame


“One must give one’s body pleasure, so that one’s soul is happy there”

Viktor Wynd



London Fashion Week

Posted: September 23, 2010 in fashion
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SIx days of pure fashion during the London Fashion Week and six days of hard work. Many designers show their new collection for next year. Different styles: classical, modern,  colorful, black and white, etc. It has been a nice experience.

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Thursday September 9th

I heard about a vintage night in occasion of the 4th birthday of the comedy “The 39 Steps” at Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. When I arrive there I meet Fleur de Guerre and I thank her because she gave me the contact of the office where I asked for the permission to come and take pictures at the vintage night. John Buchan’s classic novel The 39 Steps has been consistently popular since it was first published in 1915. Two films have been made after and this new version at the theatre mix the previous one. The comedy celebrate 4 years of shows after 95 years since the original novel.

The table in the middle of the room is plenty of small pastry made by The Vintage Patisserie. I taste some of them and to be honest they are too sweet and not really good, but maybe I am too exigent because I am Italian. I don’t think so, anyway. The bartenders are serving vodka and orange juice and three women doing vintage hairdressing  and make up and nice 40’s music by Johnny Vercoutre of Time for Tea.

Saturday September 11th.

I take two bus to get to the secret location in Dalston. I have the address and the name of the Club: BOYS CLUB. I look for it, but it is so difficult to find it. I ask someone in the street, but they don’t knowexactly where it is. Ok. I decide to go back to the bus stop and have a look the map there. So, now I know where the street is located. I find it but at the number I have I can see a sort of house which looks like a church and finally I can read on the top of the main door BOYS CLUB. Great news. I knock the door and someone open it. At the entrance a couple of guys were chatting in front of decadent stairs and old frames on the wall. I go through another door and a nice lady seats at a table with the light of only one candle. I told her my name and explain that I talked by email with Die-Freche Muse but she says that this is the name of the party, while she is looking for my name with difficulty. Finally after 2 minutes she find myself and I have free access. The light is very low, the place is surreal, the music is from the 40’s and the people wearing vintage clothes is busy for drinking and chatting. The atmosphere is amazing. Lovely girls are around. They are really fascinating. Baron Von Sanderson is the organizer of the event. On the balcony upstairs people smoke and slowly the room, during the night, smell of smoke. A nice Asian woman perform burlesque, a singer sing live French songs while a gentleman play a classical guitar. The dj plays vintage music and people have fun dancing in couple, like many years ago. There is also a group of very young guys. Vintage doesn’t have age!!!!

Another day spent shooting rugby. The Women’s Rugby World Cup Final was exciting, England v New Zealand. The atmosphere was warm and, off course, most of the people were English supporter, but the All Black supporter were loud anyway in the North Side. New Zealand won for only 3 points, 13:10.

You can have a look more pictures on: http://www.demotix.com/news/431123/womens-rugby-world-cup-final-england-v-new-zealand