….but only after a long, twisted ride through the Cuesta de Lipan. @marcovernaschi
burn is an online feature for emerging photographers worldwide. burn is curated by magnum photographer david alan harvey.
….but only after a long, twisted ride through the Cuesta de Lipan. @marcovernaschi
Nelly, wearing with proud her feathers, in Coctaca.The Samilantes are a cultural group within the Quebrada of Humahuaca. Their tradition lasts since centuries and is inspired by the Nandu bird. Photo by Marco Vernaschi @marcovernaschi
Early morning sun in Coctaca, waiting for the Samilantes to come out from their nest…@marcovernaschi
The Middle of Somewhere
The Middle of Somewhere is the next chapter in my on-going family diary. It follows on from Postcards from Home (2008-2011) and revolves around my two daughters Uma & Yali growing up. We live in a remote part of the world, the south west corner of Western Australia.
Sam Harris is a photographer and educator. As a teenager he taught himself photography, turning his London bedroom into a makeshift darkroom. Throughout the 90’s Sam photographed portraits and sleeve art for numerous recording artists. He also worked as an editorial photographer for publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Esquire, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and Dazed & Confused. The over commercialization of the music industry during the late 90’s was the catalyst for a change in direction, both personal and photographic.
Sam’s photobook Postcards from Home (a self published limited edition) has received several awards including the Australian publishing industries Galley Club Award ‘Australian Book of the Year’ 2012.
…And finally came Marcelo, a solitary la herder who faces strong winds and burning sun, to take care of our new, curious friends. Marcelo played his horn and drum during the ritual of “la señalada”, which consists in adorning the animals with some wool to protect them from diseases. Photo by Marco Vernaschi @marcovernaschi
Another day working in Abra Pampa, in the heart of the Puna Jujeña, with some curious friends…. BIOPHILIA is developing some interesting projects with the Warmi Community. More soon! Photo Marco Vernaschi @marcovernaschi
White light and a windy spirit made the magic around this gaucho girl, at la Peña Blanca. BIOPHILIA is working on a development project with the Gaucho community of Coronel Arias, one of the oldest of Argentina that originally formed as a rebel guerrilla during the independence war (1810-16). Photo by Marco Vernaschi @marcovernaschi
Hello! This is my first post for @burndiary. Through this week I’ll be contributing with some exclusive pictures from the project BIOPHILIA, which I’m currently developing in the North West Argentina. In this image, two Diablos from the Quebrada of Humahuaca, with whom we are working since a month. Los Diablos are the most vibrant and colorful presence of the region (province of Jujuy) and have the power to curse or protect the community. Photo by Marco Vernaschi @marcovernaschi
A poorly executed attempt to keep track of names of portrait subjects during a shoot on #Lido beach in #Mogadishu. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
A rare quiet moment at #Mogadishu international airport. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
A UN staff member goes spearfishing just a few kilometers down from Lido beach in #Mogadishu #Somalia. The shore is rockier here. The airport base, secured by African Union troops, stands apart from the rest of the city. Movement in and out is restricted. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
Early morning lady in red on #Lido Beach, Somalia’s South Beach. Crowds get so thick on Thursdays and Fridays it’s difficult to walk. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
Pipe Coverer’s Ball
I am a photographer.
I stand in front of things and hope.
Looking for pictures.
Listening for voices.
This collection of pictures has come about by looking through roughly ten years of mostly overlooked and un-urgent pictures. Pictures untouched by the locust swarm of commerce obligation and timely concerns. Working on these pictures has been like putting my ear to some imagined wall, listening close for voices. Pictures have very small voices. The pictures are a harvest of disparate moments — passing glances and overheard voices. It is a harvest in hopes of piecing together a kind of story from these otherwise unrelated bits, a story that gives voice to that which is beyond suspicion yet so resistant to words… a rope of pajamas and blankets to climb out of a window with.
Resident and luminous.
Luminous and waning.
Many of these pictures are not about what they are of. What I’m hoping for in these pictures is a kind of mirror — make-shift and dull, perhaps, but owning that peculiar property of a mirror in reflecting back accurately that which lies in front of it. In this case, something of that which is resident and luminous in the world, but beyond that, something of the internal, invisible and intangible which drew me to stand still in the first place.
This is probably enough to say for now. I hope so.
Anyway, talking about pictures is like thinking about praying.
Michael Wilson was born in 1959 and is a life-long resident of Cincinnati residing in Price Hill. He developed his interest in photography while attending Northern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in 1981. At that time he had no plan to be doing photography for a living. In fact, he had no plan at all. He worked as a janitor, a dishwasher, a laborer, a darkroom technician and eventually as a photographer’s assistant. With not much of a clue but little to lose and a wife not afraid, he quit his real job in 1987 to go freelance as a photographer.
His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Weston Gallery as well as in numerous exhibitions in other local venues. Wilson’s photographs have been exhibited regionally at the J.B. Speed Museum (Louisville, Ky.), 930 Gallery (Louisville, Ky.); Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio). His work is represented in the Cincinnati corporate collections of E.W. Scripps; PNC Bank; Frost & Jacobs; Deloitte & Touche; and Duke Energy. He is also represented in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the J.B. Speed Museum.
His work in the music industry is the most recognizable face of his work. Among the artists that Michael has photographed are: Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw, and Dr. John and Doc Watson. Clients include Nonesuch Records, Warner Bros. Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam, Mother Jones Magazine, Uncut Magazine and Pentagram Design.
A patient waits for a cesarean section. #Somalia suffers some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Most women give birth at home and receive no prenatal care. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
A nurse scrubs in at Medina hospital in #Mogadishu. Throughout the war in #Somalia the city’s trauma hospital maintained neutrality, treating members of al Shabaab in the same ward as victims of their car bombs and IEDs. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
Abdiqani, a young Somali poet records an ode to #Mogadishu at a local radio station. “I will never stop making poems for Mogadishu, I love it as a mother loves her only son.” The Somali language was unwritten until 1973, #poetry and the #radio are two bedrocks of life here. Photo by Roopa Gogineni @rgogineni
Patricia sings as her husband Ed plays in a nightly ritual in their home in Detroit. Photo by David Alan Harvey
Conversation with Patrica Lay-Dorsey
Author of Falling Into Place: Self Portraits
Detroit-based artist Patricia Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1988. Twenty years later she turned her camera on herself and began taking self-portraits with the intention of showing from the inside the day-to-day life of a person with a disability.
The photographs chronicle the struggles and achievements of the artist as she learns to accept the limitations of her body and celebrate her abilities rather than her disability. Taken together, the images build a compelling narrative about the artist’s daily life over five years that is inspiring, deeply moving and offers a fascinating insider perspective. The story highlights Lay-Dorsey’s energetic lifestyle, and unconventionally for a woman of her age, a love of Detroit electronic dance music which led its aficionados to bestow on her the nickname ‘Grandma Techno’.
Published by Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales and designed by award-winning book designer Victoria Forrest, the hardback book includes 50 colour images, an artist statement and biography, and texts by David Alan Harvey, Magnum photographer and Burn Magazine Editor, and David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery.
David Alan Harvey: Patricia, I think you are the first Burn commenter who has actually done a book on their own. Is that right as far as you know? Who else has done one?
Patricia Lay-Dorsey was born in 1942 in Washington, DC. She received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1966 and ten years later studied fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Patricia and Ed Dorsey have lived in the Detroit area since they married in 1966.
Patricia’s book of self-portraits, Falling Into Place, was published in November 2013 by Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales. It is available at the ICP bookstore in NYC and on Amazon globally. This award-winning project has had solo exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, NY. It has been featured in Newsweek Japan and New Mobility Magazine, and online on Burn Magazine, the NY Times Lens blog, The Daily Mail (London), ABC News, CBS News and Slate Magazine’s Behold blog. Patricia is currently giving slide presentations and facilitating discussions about disability & creativity in universities, disability organizations, corporations and community groups.