#Votarem, Catalan referendum for independence by Federico Merlo

Just leaving the house 4 am in the morning, a joke running on whatsapp says "Rajoy mad so many people that also the anarchist will vote", the joke become reality.

Just leaving the house 4 am in the morning, a joke running on whatsapp says "Rajoy mad so many people that also the anarchist will vote", the joke become reality.

#1O  the hashtag for the intense day of the referendum called by the Catalan parliament on September 6 after a 3 years long legislative process.

-Referendum was immediately considered illegal by the Spanish government-

#1O was a tense long day between a lot of people try to reaffirm their right to vote and the government who choose the way of strength, brutality and human right violation to forbid and stop the vote.

Contrary to the mainstream storytelling people can vote in the majority of the pool station and this reportage was made along various area in Barcelona following the Catalan dream of an independent repubblican State. 

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5 a.m. 

people came early on a whatsapp calling to protect the pool

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8.45 am

"Paperetes"

Just before the voting operations starts the organiser shows to the people the "paperetes" the voting papers that the government try to sequester for the past 4 weeks.

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9.00 am

vote can finally starts

aged people waiting to vote at the entrance of "Escola L'Univers" in Gracia District

aged people waiting to vote at the entrance of "Escola L'Univers" in Gracia District

A "democracy lesson" from many international observer in critical and unsafe condition.

I was shocked by the fact that no flags for independence was showed inside or outside the pool, people respect the choice of each other.

 

 

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11 am

endless cues in every pooling station

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1 pm

National Police

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In Marques de Campo Sagrado street people voicing the arrival of the National Police and immediately block the entrance with passive resistance strategy.Luckly the Police only passing by returning to their home base, a massive cruising boat in Barcelona Port.

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8 pm

closing the pool

Scottish Highlands a CamperVan experience. by Federico Merlo

Being in a nomadic trip in the Scottish highlands in the middle of November is one the best thing I’ve ever experienced that bounce me and my wife soul. We really need to relax our frantic minds so we decided to hire one of the incredible campervan of Caledonian Camper Van Conversion. The experience was outstanding those van hide in the inside a real little home where up to 4 people can sleep comfortably there is everything you need to cook, eat and store and the best thing:

stars are included.

Moreover they have also a self heating very helpful in the freezing Scottish nights or for the quite famous “four season in a day”.

 

We start our journey in Glasgow heading the northwest areas of the Highlands, we passed through the beautiful loch Lomond national park and we settle up for the first night under the stars in the stunning scenario of Glen Etive. The next morning sunrise shows up the incredible colours of this specific season: at the same times you can see the green grassland, the red pine woods and the white mountain cap. 

We got back the on road passing 2 days getting lost in the areas of Glen Coe and Ballachulish spotting deers, sheep and mouflon. 

We simply going erratically with our Van exploring kilometres of the many one-way streets with endless passing places and yes, we took various ferry randomly without looking to any map. 

That’s the freedom that the campervan gives to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we want to visit Skye island and its legendary mountains, we pass through remote little places like the city of Elgol; just few houses, 100 people and thousand of sheep, we pass through the Elian Dolan castle a.k.a. the Highlander castle “there can be only one”, we hike the fairy pools in Glen Brittle and we try many kind of local whiskey and brewed beers. 

Skye is a little world where in a moment you can be at the black beach in Uig and the moment after you are driving in the mountains surrounded by a snowy panorama.

Well Highlands are a very big area to discover and I believe that this campervan experience is just the first of many.

Click on the phots for the full reportage slideshow

M&M, a wedding documentary story by Federico Merlo

Massimo y Maca an italian groom for a spanish bride on a beautiful november day for a typical spanish wedding in Castellon de la Plana near Valencia. #behappy #alfinaloscasasteisalfinal  

Tibidabo Visions by Federico Merlo

Unas miradas románticas y melancólica del Tibidabo. El corazón ajeno y alejado del centro de Barcelona que solo parece conocido por los turistas, esconde historias antiguas, leyendas populares y también algún cuento de miedo.

Hermano pequeño del Cristo de Rio, el Jesús Cristo enfadado vigila sobre la “Ciutat Condal”. 

El Tibidabo siempre ha tenido y siempre tendrá su áurea mágica y mística donde religión y creencias populares se funden. Su parque de atracciones en particular, los antiguos y a-tecnológicos juguetes son una de las máximas expresiones de la mecánica aplicada a la diversión colectiva.

Aquí claramente el sumo Gaudí puso sus manos, sus ojos y su lápiz.

100 EYES MADE MY WEDDING MEMORIES by Federico Merlo

A collective wedding reportage made by more than 50s non-photographer for a photographer wedding.

 

                        "I want something different, same same, but different"    

When me and my wife start thinking about our wedding photo reportage we struggle around different ideas to have our memories recorded, we didn't want something traditional made by a classical wedding photographer that didn't know us and our friends.

We need and we want something more intimate, more warmly and we want different point of view from people who loves us and from people we love, our families and our close friends.             

 

Ok, three months before the wedding I found on eBay a lot of 50 analogue disposable cameras branded by the famous Konica, the cameras include a 27 photos film in black and white (monochrome) to be processed with the classical c-41 method. Those cameras were expired in 1999, just 17 years ago!!! :-)

Konica Monochrome Disposable: Expiration 1999

Konica Monochrome Disposable: Expiration 1999

I have to say that we have very special friends and some of them are photographer or photo enthusiastic so wasn't complicated to get them into the project, we ask them to grab one or two cameras and make their own reportage, believe me was incredibly fun. 

People trying to get selfies out of our digital era with an analogue machine with a fixed focus and a magnetic flash, the expired films gives to us a vintage atmosphere and special feeling between us and our family and friends. The photos aren't perfectly sharp or precisely in focus as you will expect from a wedding reportage, the photos are just perfect to tell our story.

We still don't know who is the owner of each photo because the "thing" turned into a collective sharing photo reportage where every one grab different cameras during the ceremony and the party. I developed more than 800 photos and half of them was blank or unusable, here I have a selection of the best 50 shot that we just simply love.  A collective work, where everyone express himself and tried to give us the best memories we can ask. More than 50 people was involved in this project and the results was just awesome. 

Thank you guys you’re the best.

(click on the photos for full view)

Sicily west by Federico Merlo

 

Driving up and down Sicily west coast: terrific seaside, ancient cities and probably the best food of the world.


Chkalovsk, secret city @ Pati Llimona by Federico Merlo

OBJECTIU BCN @ centre cultural Albareda by Federico Merlo

Objective ►BCN. We Portray the City is a documentary photography project carried out at 12 civic centres through a programme of theoretical classes, practical sessions and photo outings led by acclaimed international photographers such as Samuel Aranda, Fernando Moleres, Walter Astrada, Moises Saman, Emilio Morenatti, Toni Amengual, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Txema Salvans.

Between February and June 2014, some two hundred Barcelona residents took part in the project, covering the city’s 10 districts on foot to portray a particular subject or capture a specific aspect of the city.

Philippines by Federico Merlo

 

 

One month on the road discovering the Philipino culture, the amazing beaches and its incredible underwaters


 

#PONDYART moving image by Federico Merlo

Partecipate in the collective EXPO moving image organized in Pondicherry by PONDYART

 

"For the next three weeks, these moving pieces of art will go about on their regular trips, and organisers are hoping they reach the furthest corners of Puducherry and are seen by all residents, in keeping with their theme, ‘Getting Art Out There’. 

The Pondy ART team consisting of Kasha Vande, Andreas Deffner, Yannick Cormier and K. Muthu, picked photographs from entries across the world, and the exhibition features work of photographers from India, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, France, Australia, Germany and Singapore. 

Participants were asked to send in ‘compelling images of India’ that ‘inspire, touch, motivate and affect the viewer in a dynamic way’. The photographs show everyday scenes from across India, including a photograph of Puducherry’s Promenade shot from above. 

The idea behind the exhibition was to ‘draw the curiosity of our city’s residents to find out more about photography but also more about their country’, Ms. Vande, creative director, Pondy ART had told"

from The Hindu December 14th

more info here 

 

 

 

OBJECTIU BCN @ La Virreina by Federico Merlo

Partecipate in the collective expo  #objectiubcn

La Virreina Image Centre presents the result of the project Objective ►BCN. We Portray the City, an initiative by Barcelona’s Network of Civic Centres to put together a multifaceted photo portrait of the city.

Objective ►BCN. We Portray the City is a documentary photography project carried out at 12 civic centres through a programme of theoretical classes, practical sessions and photo outings led by acclaimed international photographers such as Samuel Aranda, Fernando Moleres, Walter Astrada, Moises Saman, Emilio Morenatti, Toni Amengual, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Txema Salvans.

Between February and June 2014, some two hundred Barcelona residents took part in the project, covering the city’s 10 districts on foot to portray a particular subject or capture a specific aspect of the city.

The end result of the project is a collective visual portrait of Barcelona comprising over 100 images that are now on display at La Virreina Image Centre.

This exhibition is complemented by the presentation of different shows at the twelve civic centres that took part in the project and photographic displays at Metro de Barcelona underground stations around the city.

Opening: Wednesday 3 December, at 7 pm.


South India by Federico Merlo

 

An incredible trip into Indian deep south covering the region state of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu: an explosion of colors flavours and devotion