GAZA is Wonderful

all photos © Alessandro Gandolfi

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Gaza is an open air jail. Isolated from Israel, occupied by an extremist party, forgotten by
the rest of the world. But who lives inside – almost two million of people –  dreams about
a normal life. A family, friends, a decorous job.  He wants to have fun, make sport, surf
on internet,  listen to music.

From the outside, Gaza is a hell. From the inside, Gaza is a place of dignity and hope that
nobody wants to describe. Because the international journalism shows only pain and suffering,
destruction and poverty. But luckily it is not only like this.

The book “Gaza is Wonderful” it is a provocation, but just to a certain extent. Because the
project has the goal to show the other side of Gaza. The one that is ignored by the media,
that only a few think it exists indeed. The Gaza of the new generations, who don’t forget the
tragic political context and yet they look ahead, they dream the peace, they imagine a better
future and they try to build it every day.

See te project at www.gazaiswonderful.com

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OPENING – Aurélien Foucault

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Opening – Aurélien Foucault a.k.a. Фуко – Beijing, China

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My family and I have just moved to China and this picture was taken during our apartment hunting in Beijing. We had visited so many places and started to feel desperate. During one of these visits, we walked past that little ray of sunshine and the contrast between it’s softness and the decaying wire fence just hit me.
So I took out my phone and snapped that picture with the Hipstamatic App.
I don’t often take my heavy camera gear with me when I’ve got things to do in the city, so my phone has become the “on the spot” camera.
My “serious” photography work is done with medium-format cameras (Arax & Mamiya) and a digital Nikon.
I never edit pictures coming out of the phone because the resolution is just too low.

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See, imagine, shoot is the usual photographers’ protocol, which hasn’t changed since. When technology gave us good enough cameras in mobile smart phones and editing dedicated applications, creative photographers began to drop bulky equipment for iPhones or similar, not as an alternative, but as a new fun and catch-the-emotions gadgets. iPhoneography is called the photography made with the iPhone; the cons: low resolution, minimal editing mainly done by choosing apps presets; the pros: creative freedom, easy sharing.

Here, the trained eye of Фуко transforms a dull cut in the fence into a message of hope.

SEOUL: a city where FOOD is FUN

If difference is part of fun, then Korean food is definitely a great enjoyment.

Balloons of Bhutan – Jonathan Harris

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Balloons of Bhutan – Jonathan Harrys – Bhutan

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Organizing its national agenda around the basic tenets of Buddhism, Bhutan uses “Gross National Happiness” instead of GNP to measure its socio-economic prosperity. In 2007, Jonathan Harris, artist and photographer, spent two weeks in Bhutan interviewing and photographing 117 people about their concept of happiness. Balloons of Bhutan gathers those visual moments and people’s wishes both in image and recorded voice.

Jonathan Harris prefers to edit photos according to his memory, instead of the way they should look to be perfect, and that’s probably why the amazingly beautiful light in the photo. The perspective given by the line of balloons and the framing from the tall trees convey a sense of ‘perfect place’, the one chosen for a Happiness moment.

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untitled – Yukinori Tokoro


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