Agostina Cerullo is a self-taught visual artist exploring the different dimensions of Art practice through a diverse array of mediums. On her practice she most experiments with photography. With a passion for Black and White, her portraits are unusual and rather unique. Agostina is drawn most to high contrast, symmetry and shapes, creating potent compositions and challenging pieces. Using art as a means of self-discovery, finding herself through her artistic endeavours, as art is for her the most authentic form of expression. Agostina was born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Seville and has been living in London for the past 6 years, although she is currently in Los Angeles.
Ann Backx is a Belgian photographer with a predilection for abstract and creative nature and landscape photography. Walking formed the basis of her passion for photography. With the greatest respect for nature, she makes creative and abstract images, with post-processing reduced to a minimum. The subjects of her photography are always related to nature.
Black Ice Project
Ice is getting rarer and the ice in Siberia has never been that thin at the end of October. Climate change is visible and felt everywhere. The ice is melting very fast everywhere in the world. With this series of photos, which shows abstractions of the ‘black’ ice on Lake Baikal, I want to show artworks on the wall in order to start global warming as a topic of conversation. In reality, the ice also looked almost black in that area and what you see here are macros of the cracks in the ice. These photos were taken in the first half of February at temperatures of -35 ° C. But for how long?
Capturing a fleeting expression on a person’s face tells a story with no words. It is human and timeless. Throughout Anna’s career as a professional photographer, it has been these moments that have inspired her the most, that have set her instincts in motion. Anna Kunst is a Dutch photographer based in London who specialises in portraiture and people images, as well as nature and landscapes. With an early career in publishing and event management she honed her skills working with people at many levels, travelling all over Europe for her work. Her images have been exhibited and printed in various respected publications. She has also been extremely privileged to be working on the ‘Children of London’ book project for the last few years which helps raise much-needed funds for the Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital in London, the first copies of which are given to the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Lord Mayor of London.
Anthony Lau has been a professional trainer and process improvement expert in multi-national corporations for 20+ years. His passion for photography took him to the far corners of the world. From the scorching heat of Africa to the bone-chilling Arctic coastline, he strived to capture the beauty of nature and people. And in 2016, Anthony became the Grand Award Winner of the prestigious National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, since then, Anthony has collaborated with National Geographic Hong Kong and Taiwan offices, ASUS Mobile, Wheelock, SmarTone, Genting Group, AIA and Sony. Indeed, in 2019, he was featured in Sony’s flagship G Master lens promotional campaign, which documented his work while he was travelling solo in the marvellous UNESCO site - Angkor Wat. With COVID-19 affecting the globe, Anthony joined forces with the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong in its highly successful RGS School Outreach Program, offering his experience in photography and story-telling to the young generations. In the second half of 2020, Anthony produced a video campaign collaborating with 350HK.org, an environmental activist group in Hong Kong, along with artists in various professions, to raise concerns over the Government’s decision to proceed with the Lantau East landfill project. In 2021, Anthony moved his base from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom, he is also a member of British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and Federation of European Photographers (FEP).
Like a lot of landscape photographers in Hong Kong, I spent my fair share of time hunting for the seasonal special in Hong Kong - the low-altitude cloud sea. It was a stunning scene to witness - imagine a huge sea of cloud blanketing the majority part of the city, leaving only the tallest buildings and mountains visible. The scene was especially beautiful when the twilight above and the city light beneath orchestrated a mesmerizing moment. I lost count of the number of hikes to the highest mountain, sleepless nights, and futile attempts. Considering the challenges that Hong Kong is facing in 2020, on top of the COVID, it was truly a blessing to me being able to accomplish my dream.
I am an amateur and professional photographer and I am a university employee in the microwave and remote sensing field. I have been photographing for about 15 years and with the advent of digital I have become even more passionate. I have had some awards ranging from prizes in some competitions to some printed publications in magazines in the photography sector. In free time, in addition to photographing, I manage a photography portal: http://www.micromosso.com where I share ideas and photos with other enthusiasts. Since 2014 I hold the position of President of a Photographic Club based in Tivoli (Rome).
Claudia Costantino was born in Rome in 1976. She has been attracted to photography ever since she was a schoolgirl, but it is in the last few years that she has developed what is known in technical jargon as “photographic eye”. The purpose of Claudia’s photography is for her to be on the constant lookout for new ideas and details which are not obvious to the casual observer. The works she proposes are the result of her instinct, personal taste and emotions, not forgetting her eye for detail. Her passion for photography has led her to look at the development of the different phases of the day through images. Her photography is so simple yet complex. It often becomes a challenge to categorize her work as intended by textbook terminology. Perhaps, minimalist photography? But one must be careful, this could be taken incorrectly when looking at the subjective definition. Nothing is ever obvious in any of Claudia’s work. The elements present in her photography strive to convey a message of simplicity with the presence of basic geometric forms, shadows, lines, color and minimal decoration. A precise sense of order is seen in her work with simple elements arranged in the whole composition under natural light, that in turn reveals simple and clean spaces.
It was December 31, 2015 and I was in Santa Marinella, a charming seaside resort near Rome in Italy, when I came across this radio transmitting antenna and from there a flock of migratory birds that came and went with the bursting of some dissuading guns. the intersection of birds with the flock continually created architectural affinities with the same geometric structure.
Born in Fort Dix, NJ, C.a. Shofed’s parents were in the military, He spent his early years in Germany. He studied Graphic Arts at Assunpink Vocational School, moving into Advertising Design in college, his first formal exposure to photography. Before he had a real chance to explore photography as a career, he took a job as a computer installer and never looked back, spending the next 25 years as an IT Professional. Although his professional life had focused on technology, he maintained an interest in photography, always carrying his camera with him. It was Craig’s second kidney transplant and a move to Trenton, NJ that inspired him to leave the technology field become an artist. Based out of Trenton artist C.a. Shofed had his first month-long exhibit called “Double Take” in 2012. C.a. Shofed’s work seeks to bring attention to ordinary objects pressured by nature and time. His art has sometimes been described as “industrial meets nature.” In 2017 Shofed’s work began to shift, morphing into something more abstract with his Reflection-ism series. C.a. Shofed’s art has been exhibited and sold in galleries and museums across the globe including Philadelphia, New York, San Diego, Toronto, London and Glasgow.
Ed Braidwood aka HIYAFOTO was born in Ilford to the East of London. Ed’s first formal photography training was in a Dagenham secondary school at the age of 14, working with a Russian SLR camera and 35mm black and white film, learning the darkroom techniques of processing film and printing. Fast forward 40 years, and after 30 years in the IT Industry, Ed is now a full-time photographer based at his studio in Trinity Buoy Wharf to the East of Canary Wharf. Ed continues his love of film photography, using vintage cameras bought on e-Bay such as the Nikon used to produce this photo. Ed’s work has also been published in a number of international magazines and since the end of lockdown he has been working to support performers in the entertainment industry, which was so badly hit by the pandemic.
Although I was born and raised in Argentina, I have now lived half of my life in Europe, including Spain, England and now Germany. My background is graphic/web design although I have always had a passion for art and photography. My creative focus has been on street photography for about a year.
Giovanna Dell’Acqua was born in 1985 in Bologna, Italy, where she currently lives and works. She graduated in Art History at the University of Bologna in 2013 with a thesis on Psychology of Art. Her interest in social issues in urban communities led her to explore the reportage and street photography genre. Since 2020 she has been working on photographic projects that have allowed to her to receive several international awards as the Runner-up Prize at the 8th edition of Gwacheon Bio-Art International Contest in South Korea, the 3rd prize at the Art Full Frame Photo Contest Street Photography 2020 in United Kingdom and the Single Shot category, Life in the Time of Coronavirus in Italy. Her photographs have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography of New York, the Glasgow Gallery of Photography, the Gwacheon Civic Center, South Korea, the Off Circuit of Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy and at the new temporary showroom at Salaborsa Libray in Bologna with her first solo exhibition. Her work has been published in national magazines including La Repubblica Bologna, Il Corriere di Bologna, Il Resto del Carlino, Il Sole 24 ore, Rolling Stone, Witness Journal and Zero.
Ioana is a visual artist living and working in The Netherlands. She has been exposed to art and culture at a very young age, started playing classic piano at age 5 and went to a music and art oriented school for the next 10 years. Nevertheless she chose to become a scientist and at the same time she never stopped enjoying art and started to photograph in her twenties. During the past years she used the experience and the organizational skills that she developed working in various international environments to manage cultural events and participated in different photo organizations. She also decided to spend more and more time with her own photography, joining the Photo Academy of Amsterdam and visiting different photography workshops and programs. She recently participated in group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad (Rotterdam, Berlin, New York, Wales, Milan and Melbourne) and will be part of the ImageNation exhibition during Paris Photo Off, November 2021. Three of her works celebrating the beauty of the female body have been recently included in the art book ‘Human Body is Art’, published in May 2021 by the Belgian publisher Bruxelles Art Vue. Her dream is to ultimately become a photography art curator and to keep shooting as an autonomous photographer, which will involve her in different specializations during the next few years. Right now she enjoys making portraits and still lives with a twist, using mostly natural light and being fascinated by the Dutch Old Masters and the early 20th century art movements.
Jessie Martin is a documentary and street photographer based in London. Her work is driven by a curiosity to understand the environments we live in and how we belong to them. She is interested in the interplay between environments, and people, with work exploring how we relate to each other and use our time in public, whilst reimagining the potential of the spaces we live in. She received her BA in Photography at the University of Westminster and holds an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a research practice and teaches photography at University of West London and in Further Education settings.
This exhibition entry is a series of three photos (taken from a larger series titled ‘Night Moves). Photos are attached to email entry.
Lorenzo is twenty years old photographer based in Rome. He was born in Rome. He is studying the History of Art at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. He is studying History of Art in order to undertake the three-year course in the economics and management of our cultural heritage in the design and curation of art exhibitions. He is been taking photographs since the age of six using my father’s Nikon D80. He exhibited his photos in the photographic exhibition “Italian Landscape, The infinite between enchantment and disfigurement” (Paesaggio Italiano,L’infinito tra Incanto e Sfregio) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi at the Civic Museum of Villa Colloredo Mels in Recanati in Italy from December 2019 to July 2020. He was co-author in the project: “The link with history frees the imagination” (Il Legame con la Storia libera l’Immaginazione) with contribution by MIBACT and MIUR and in collaboration with the Liceo Classico Statale Ennio Quirino Visconti in Rome from June to November 2017, the artist-photographer Gea Casolaro and the curators and restorers Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti. He received a certificate issued by the MoMA having followed the online course of “Seeing Through Photographs” in 2020. His dream is to be able to work in the field of conservation and enhancement of the artistic heritage from the management and promotional point of view.
Mário Pais is a freelancer photographer that travels arround the world searching for the perfect shot. He is driven by photojournalism ,travel photography and documental photography capturing the moments of persons and places. His passion started twenty years ago and continues flourish as he explores the world. He is a self taught person altough on his early age he had some workshops regarding travel photography. Currently spending more time in Índia he is so his lastest work is about this unique country and his vibrant places and people.
Mine will be a photographer’s biography a little out of the box. Having never studied photography, I am self-taught, I grew up having in my hands an old film reflex that opened the way for me to experiment. My interest in photography has grown Over the years, especially after I started exploring the world of digital photography. Despite this experience, I have never abandoned analogue photography, deepening its knowledge and making it mine, for about ten years now. I was born in 1996 in the countryside surrounding Bologna, immersed in a rural landscape that has filled my shots since I was a teenager. Later I moved to Milan to graduate in Architecture, at which time I came into contact with urban photography. Finally I moved to Florence to finish my studies as an architect, and there I focused on the theme of the portrait. I have an incredibly intimate relationship with photography because it has literally kept me alive: it was a lifeline in some moments where holding onto memories was what remained.
I am Martina Lana, I am based in Rome, Italy. I started taking pictures on film in 2010 using a Pentax MX from 1983, then in 2017 I bought a Canon EOS 700D, which is still my camera today. After going digital, I almost wanted to shoot only in black and white, inspired by the masters of the past. I studied History and Critics of Cinema at University and I think this influenced my vision in this way. I am trying to fully experience colour recently: a careful study of my equipment made me develop a totally different vision. In December 2017 I conceived an independent photography project I called Being Humart© - or about the fruition of art, a work that connects photography and art. I saw that when we recognize ourselves in the art we love a perfect harmony of shapes and colours comes out and we are able to see this great balance between the observer and the observed. None of the people I portray is aware I am taking pictures of them.
In the last year I found myself focused on portraiture. I shot portraits in the past, but it’s like I wasn’t fully aware of what I was doing. Now, when I have to do a photoshoot with one of my models, I always know what I want to narrate. Behind my portraits there’s a story, or a part of it. There’s always an image that inspires me, coming from art, cinema or old photographs. Or, sometimes, it’s my model’s vision or the outfit the model chooses that tells me what I have to recount. It’s never just a portrait, it’s always the echo of one of the many worlds that live inside every one of us.
I’m a passionate about film photography, proud to shoot only using my old Pentax ME Super & ILFORD HP5. This is not about taking good photos, my aim is to capture a timeless emotion, inspired by the clash of people and situations that surround our lives.
Monica Ann Walker
Hello, I’m Monica Ann Walker and I’m a photographer. I am an observer of human nature and I record it for posterity through my street photography and portraits. Alternatively, I have a very personal point of view which I like to explore through my fine arts photography projects. As so many photographers out there, I started to be fascinated by photography at an early age. I was initially self-taught, but also took courses at University. I never stop learning and pushing myself. Even now I am always looking for sources of inspiration to create my next photo project. Photography for me is not only a means of artistic expression, but also the way in which I relate and connect to the visible world. I would like to share my vision of the world with others, so here I am.
London After People
London went into lockdown in March 2020 changing the nature of a city that has always been vibrant and full of life. During lockdown, I took my mask, my camera, and used my exercise allowance to walk around the city and capture such a historic moment: a London devoid of life on the streets; a London after people. The project was a long one that lives now online. Here are two examples of the project: Queueing for Food & a Chat (Finalist) and Guarding Victoria Station.
Nicola Semprevivo, @nicksempre, is an Italian born amateur photographer eager to explore the world with his camera. He fell in love with photography at a very young age whilst living in US and recently came back to this art. He is passionate of digital photography but his true love is analog through which he intends to capture frames of nature and living creatures and magically develop his own rolls.
Capturing a moment
Photography has always fascinated me but never had the means nor courage only photographing my daughters milestones. My passion grew as my daughter’s dance interest started progressing. I also started to document my father in law’s rapid deterioration with dementia. whiles documenting my dad in law I was asked by the nursing home residence and families if I would take photographs for some of the residents and their families is how I started my photography journey. I believe in simplicity Capturing special moments and emotions to last a lifetime. In this short period of time I have collaborated with many talented photographers covering from special Birthdays, Christenings, and weddings to photography exhibitions as well as numeric charity events. I am also an ambassador for Art full frame who are specialists in photography exhibitions around the world. My aim is to simply freeze a moment that Will wow you for years to come while keeping the natural beauty without making it look unrealistic is my vision. At this exhibition I am exhibiting two pictures of Bharatanatyam by students of very talented guru SMT Anusha Sajeev.
Tobi Sobowale is a British-Nigerian Multidisciplinary artist. Writer, photographer and architectural designer, Tobi was born and raised in London and currently resides there. With an academic background in Architecture, her work is about unapologetically showing the world through her eyes. She started photography as a practice in 2015 and set up her business SHOBO London in 2020. Growing up, Tobi battled with insecurities regarding her appearance and began to use photography to repair her relationship with her self-image and explore ideas around value and self-worth. She wants black women, to see her work and feel empowered, encouraged, and inspired. Her photography showcases the beauty and diversity of black women – they are strong and bold but also soft and vulnerable. Tobi believes that black people are often categorised, grouped into a box, however they each have a nuanced perspective that is moulded by their experiences. Inspired by the people around her, she mainly photographs black women and that’s because she is a black woman, she was raised by a black woman and a lot of the people who make her laugh, who make her cry, who inspire her are also black women. Tobi has the rare ability to capture their often-overlooked quieter expressions, this is the story that is told by this body of work.