In PLO Poker, everybody loves a wrap although ... technically, you generally don't have much other than a very promising hand at that point. In the film industry, everybody loves a wrap too :-) That's when all the shooting parts are done. Technically, you also have nothing at this stage but a promising image archive.
I was in Luxembourg in April and I documented part of the shooting of Farid Ismaïl's latest short film ENTRE LES MOTS backed up by Wady Media.
Everybody had to wear a mask at all times except for the actors when acting. The shots are still kinda cool but it is obvious that losing the facial expressions is a catastrophe for photojournalism.
During April, I released the first prototype of a series of photos of Cascais that I shot during the winter 2020/2021 lockdowns. I initially wanted to release 10 photos but I ended up being stuck with 18 photos I really liked so I made an additional effort to narrow down my choice but I still decided to keep 15 in the end. In this post, you will find out about all the 15 photos I selected for this small personal project. Each item will be printed 10 times only and will come numbered, signed and with a personal greeting. First come, first served as pre-sale has started about 2 weeks ago.
After more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions, I still see a surprising amount of people with no plan what so ever in terms of down time management and giving in to wasting copious amounts of time. Nature around us knows no such thing as inaction. So why should we?
Inaction can be defined as the lack of action where some is expected or appropriate.
Everything evolves, matures, grows, changes, betters, worsens, decays, accelerates & decelerates in nature. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but nothing is ever still.
Actually, you might think that you're just sitting there looking at this sketch and reading this text. On the bus, on a train. Even if you're in a lobby or on your couch at home not moving for hours on a lazy Sunday, you are still traveling an incredible amount of kilometres per second ... that is: every second.
Think about that for only one second ... BAM! You just moved about the distance between Brussels and Lisbon :D
During these days in April 2019, I had the immense pleasure to get invited by Frank Koopmann's to his Big Wrap festival, probably the coolest PLO event there has been so far. I played a ton but I also shot a lot of photos.
One of the event's ambassadors was Fernando 'JNandez' Habegger, the PLO MASTERMIND guru. We were meeting with his crew almost every day for breakfast and I spent a lot of time with his photographer, Lionel Ceccavara, who happens to be an awesome landscape photographer. Go check out his shots!
Shoutouts to Tom Smeets who runs a really cool Poker website called Poker Ecosystem and to Luuk Botter who runs a brilliant PLO Youtube channel of his own as a personal side show.
I am especially happy that the JNandez crew decided to purchase a set of photos of mine and that those are still displayed on the PLO MASTERMIND website today.
View all my Big Wrap shots in my Flickr archive.
What can a poet teach us about Poker?
I got a book from a friend a few weeks ago. The Book of Disquiet is about Bernardo Soares, a Lisbon book keeper recording impressions and feelings he doesn’t intend to publish. Anyone who attempts to kickstart a big project, will sooner or later realise that hope and expectations walk hand in hand. The first is driving, the second might be crippling when making dreams compete with achievements.
It is widely agreed that being result oriented is a major barrier to evolution and development, yet everybody is.
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