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9 October, 2016

Two harvest rituals in Basilicata

I started photographing village festivals in Basilicata, southern Italy, in 2004, with my first visit to the massive tree festival in Accettura. One type of rituals I have photographed through the years are harvest rituals that involve bundles of sheafs of wheat carried as votive offerings. These take place usually during the month of August…

Living_The _Weather
11 March, 2016

Making ‘Living the Weather’

For the past 6 months I have been working as a filmmaker for Living the Weather, a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Professor Jennifer Mason at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester. My task has been to realise a documentary film that could speak…

11 December, 2015

Kalanda Giveaway

I’m having a giveaway of 3 digital copies of my documentary Kalanda – The Knowledge of the Bush. If you win you’ll be able to download the file or stream in HD, DRM-free. Kalanda digital download giveaway

6 September, 2015

Testing the Panasonic GH4 and Olympus 7-14/2.8 on the DJI Ronin M

I am currently working on a film project that involves uninterrupted tracking shots, in which I plan to use an extreme wide angle lens to situate a character in the landscape. The documentary will be filmed around Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and is part of the larger Living the Weather project headed by Prof Jennifer…

16 August, 2015

San Rocco Procession in Senise

August the 16th is in many villages of Southern Italy the day to celebrate San Rocco, the medieval Saint Roch of Montpellier who preached and attended to the ill during a fourteenth century plague. The large village of Senise (PZ), in the Italian region of Basilicata, like many neighbouring settlements mixes this celebration with dances involving…

15 June, 2015

The Taxidermist

Boubacar Traoré belongs to a family of renowned gunsmiths in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. In this short documentary he describes his work as a taxidermist and goes through memories of his first hippopotamus hunt. In the region killing one of these animals is still a serious matter, because they are held capable of tricking the hunter…

11 April, 2015

Donso Funeral in Karankasso

Today is the first day of this year’s cycle of funerals in Karankasso Sambla. Music has played all night yesterday, and today in the early afternoon there is more music and various rituals are performed. I have joined the hunters who gathered to honour the mother of one of them, Karim Ouattara. Karim is the…