FAEMA is a historical brand operating in the world of professional coffee machines. To celebrate their 70th anniversary eight photographers from around the world were commissioned to interpret the FAEMA brand and to celebrate the global presence and appreciation of the great Italian espresso tradition.
I was asked to go to Sydney and with the help of Vittoria coffee, photograph Australian coffee culture; from hipster cafes to 5 star hotels and restaurants. The resulting images were part of the exhibition ‘Express your Art‘ at the MUMAC (Museum of the coffee machine) Milan, Italy.
The project was art directed by the Eyesopen! who chose photographers with different traits and styles. The eight chosen photographers came from several countries around the world – diversity was key.
“It’s hard to make a corporate project artistic,” – “But we managed to do so just because the images spoke volumes. For example, Sam Harris chose the endless sea in Australia as the backdrop for almost dreamlike compositions that conjure up universal images. In his intimate style, when capturing personal family moments he let himself be inspired by the colours and sensations that the locations evoked within him, thus transporting us as observers there too.” Barbara Silbe, Eyesopen!
You can go on a virtual tour of the exhibition here, and read more about the project and photographers here.
It was a real treat to be invited to Lecce in southern Italy for Bitume Photofest, where I exhibited ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ and ran a workshop.
The drive from the airport set the scene nicely, olive trees as far as the eye could see, deep blue sky and the hot, sweet scented Mediterranean air…
Arriving in Lecce was impressive; nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to the large amount of Baroque architecture spread across the city, it made for a wonderful and very unique location for a photography festival.
The Middle of Somewhere
exhibited in the charming Corte dei Mesagnesi
One very nice aspect of Bitume Photofest was no doubt the great use of outdoor installations, all in extremely impressive historical locations, allowing for the public to engage with the work whilst immersing themselves in the relaxed splendor of Lecce. Where most festivals are over saturated with content, I really enjoyed the intimacy of Bitume, allowing for meaningful exchanges with some special people and the time to actually absorb and engage with the work on show.
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It’s always nice to go back to Auckland where i was invited to attended the Auckland Festival of Photography in June..
It was an action packed week for me, reviewing portfolios, running a two-day workshop, as well as presenting a talk about my book The Middle of Somewhere. There was also a diverse range of exhibitions to check out, with openings to attend and lots of friendly people to meet.
Here are just a few highlights:
HOME, curated by Simone Douglas was a series of exhibitions at the impressive Silo 6 (disused silos, now heritage protected and making a fantastic space for exhibiting photography). HOME featured work by Anna Carey, Arthur Ou, Ian Strange, Shan Turner-Carroll and Lin & Lam
HOME at Silo 6