Monthly Archive for March, 2014

Laborer Clad

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Hey Burners, @elijahsol with you starting today. My base is Brooklyn but I’m currently bouncing around India. I was up north for a friend’s wedding, and now I’m down south for a little solo travel before returning to my desk job. It’s my second time in India, but first exploring these parts. I’ll be snaking up from Kerala through Goa and Maharashtra before ending in Mumbai. I’ve traveled in 40+ countries in my 34 years but somehow India always makes me feel like a total rookie. This trip’s too short to dive into one plot line too deeply, but let’s see what we see, as they say. Anyways, hop in the proverbial tuk-tuk with me and grab a masala chai. Above, a laborer clad in a patterned Keralan lungi smokes the last of his bidi while repairing the road to the hill station of #Munnar in the state of #Kerala,#India.

Krzysztof Maniocha – In the Name of Jesus

Krzysztof Maniocha

In the Name of Jesus

How do you praise your God? How do you pray to Him? Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

Ghanaians believe. Posters and billboards advertising conventions, new churches, miracle prayers, religious matters of all sorts are spread all around Ghana. Pastors of every Christian denomination proclaim the Word of God in radio and television, in buses, street corners and market squares. Everywhere you can hear the word: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! His name and image are found in many contexts-often employed more in a magical way than as a personal approach to God. Self proclaimed pastors and prophets are another thing. We should remember what the Carpenter from Nazareth said:  ‘Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing’. Being a pastor in Ghana is partly a way of making money. Being a well established pastor in Ghana can prove extremely lucrative. Mixed in with authentic pastors are a great number of tricksters, but exploring this phenomenon was not the purpose of my project.

In this story I have tried to capture the power of prayer, what it means to people, and the many forms and traditions it takes within Christianity. I visited numerous prayer camps, places where all Christian denominations gather to concentrate on prayer and fasting. In the course of my visit I met people who stay and fast up to forty days and take no food at all, who are in short, quite comparable to biblical characters. Most of these believers come from Ghana, some travel from neighbouring countries such as Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. In general they are members of various Charismatic, Pentecostal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. They pray in tongues (it is believed to be a gift from the Holy Spirit known as glossolalia); they clap their hands, dance, play tambourines and drums, break the hold of demons over people and spend hours on prayers. Some attendees gather on a mountain hoping to maximise the efficacy of prayer by praying over various physical objects such as olive oil, visa application, passport and money. Such articles are used as a point of contact with God in the hope that God can bless these items.

On one hand this Christianity accepts the will of God, on the other there is strong emphasis on success, winning, getting what is prayed for. Unlike orthodox Catholicism, fasting is not treated as a way to sacrifice your body to God but rather to gain a favour from Him such as the power of healing or prophecy. One could question many aspects of this approach of Christianity but there is one area for sure, where these people score points in contrary to many lukewarm in faith westerners: these people commit themselves completely to prayer. Most of them are well aware of the importance of taking care of their spirituality and worshipping God. What might be regarded with a cynical smile by a westerner is here in Ghana treated completely seriously.

 

 

Bio

Krzysztof Maniocha was born in 1979 in Poland. He has spent the last thirteen years in Ireland. During this time he graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, with a BA ( Honors ) Degree in professional photography. He has spent several years assisting leading commercial photographers and working as a fixer for foreign photographers. Additionally, he has been freelancing in fields such as advertising, documentary work and press photography.

Krzysztof’s documentary stories have been featured with the photojournalist agency, ‘Uspecto Images’, whom he’s been involved with since 2011.

 

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Last Post

This is my last post for Burn Diary..I’m so sorry that the week has passed so quickly!! I had a really great time posting for you all from Bologna, Florence, Rome and Dhaka! Many many thanks to Diego and Kaya who made this possibile, hope you enjoyed it! Bye! Have a nice next week! :) By @annalisanm

Sunset in Dhaka

Sunset in Dhaka. My Burn week is coming to the end! By @annalisanm

Moghbazar

This morning we’ll keep on working on our project in Savar district. In the meanwhile we had time to have a look through Moghbazar, where we’ve found a a lot of interesting things and people along its alleys, as a tiny English school. By @annalisanm

Dhaka Slums

Dhaka slums. Whoever you are, wherever you come from you’re always welcome. Love this people! By @annalisanm

Dhaka

..And finally I’m in Dhaka! This is my second time there..but I didn’t remember how thrilling was to be in the middle of an ordinary, endless traffic jam!! By @Anna lisanm

Emirati Beauty

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Emirati beauty Safa Alhamed in the desert from which Dubai rose. Safa is a managing partner of the Dubai photo gallery, The Empty Quarter, which is now exhibiting the Moroccan work of Magnum legend Bruno Barbey.

Rome Fiumicino Airport

Edoardo (@edoardoagresti) and I are at Rome Fiumicino airport.We got our bording pass to Dhaka without any problems..For the moment everything is fine! By @annalisanm

Robin Apple – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Robin Apple

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I’ve had a good life. Finding and sustaining love and romance has not exactly been my greatest accomplishment though. I was considering the mix of thoughts and emotions that I experience when observing couples who appear to be in love – e.g. Are they together for the long haul? What will their future hold? Will there be as much beauty as pain? How will the necessary compromises and conflicts unfold? And then I began to ponder and revisit some of the complex dynamics of my own past relationships. What combination of reactions did I have about each partner then – when immersed in the relationship and now – well after its demise?

 

 

As an artist and as a psychologist I have worked toward accepting and appreciating the ambivalence that can accompany most endeavors, love in particular and I try to look for the growth and learning opportunities in all experiences. I’m grateful that I can use art/photography in addition to words, to express, illuminate, process and reinterpret all.

Mostly these days I’m using my iPhone5 in conjunction with a sequence of post-processing applications to capture and then combine moments that seem compelling to me, rather than being burdened and distracted by the technology and weight of my DSLR. I selected the blended images for this essay to convey day-to-day experiences of couples: biking, dining, hugging, playing, vacationing and walking, juxtaposed against a backdrop of flowers and white picket fences that symbolize beauty and serenity, and then paired with textures of dividing lines, paper folds, scratches and splotches, that suggest conflict, separation, and tension.
 

 

Bio

Robin F. Apple (b. 1962) is a clinical psychologist at Stanford University. She fell in love with photography as an important creative outlet and vehicle for self-expression. As a psychologist, she values balance and integration, experimentation, expression, opening oneself to new experiences, and physical movement. As a photographer, she is intrigued mostly by highly colored images that use angles, blends, blur, and sometimes motion to combine elements of abstraction and reality in a way that keeps people guessing.

Dr. Apple is a member of the artist cooperative gallery, The Main Gallery, located in Redwood City, CA where her work is currently on display; her work is also currently exhibited at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA (Abstractions). In the past she has been included in exhibitions at Rayko Photography Center in the ‘Student and Instructor Show’, December 2012, Flow Art Space, Minneapolis, MN, ‘For Families’ exhibition, August 2013 and ‘The Pacific Art League’ (various exhibitions).

 

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