A Transsiberian Tale
Train of Thought
Walking on the train, passing from one compartment to another, I contemplate how the other passengers get lost in their thoughts looking out at the panorama of swampy plains, pine and birch. All induced in a reverie that is one of the pleasures of train travel, we look outside yet most the time with our attention inward… Until a cabin’s mate pops up or a village – like the the ones painted by Levitan – breaks the monotony of the landscape leaving you wonder how life is in this middle of nowhere.
As we crossed Siberia – referred to by Ian Frazier as a territory so vast that “it’s more an idea than a place”- I asked the other passengers to share their feelings about the journey. In this serie, I assemble these wagons of thoughts together and invite you to come on board, walk along the train corridor and get a glimpse of what they see and feel.
From 2012 to 2014, I worked as a production director at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Together with oscars-nominee filmmaker, Rithy Panh, we developed an international multimedia project shedding light on the lives of people living on one dollar a day.
The Halted Traveller
The term “halted traveller” is usually associated with German romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich, to describe a person seen from behind facing a lanscape. The lonely wanderer appears to have been halted by the view of the landscape.
The viewer is involved in the contemplation attitude. As the figure, he is invited to question the environment he faces.
In Between Passengers
Like many others, I spend most of my days behind a desk. The bus route takes me home and allows me to slowly disconnect from work. I observe the attitudes and faces of those passengers travelling from their workplace to their home. The window panes open an intermediary space where the textures and people from the outside merge with the inside.
Norodom Sihanouk’s funerals
On Monday 15 October, “Father of the Nation”, king Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia died in China, aged 89.
Born in 1922 he lived through the most turbulent moments of Cambodia’ s history, witnessing independence from France, Lol Non’s coup, life in exile, Khmer Rouge regime, Vietnamese occupation, UN protectorate, power struggle between Cambodia’s political factions and, finally, peace under (not official but still) one party rule.
Mourning of the Father of the Nation, King Sihanouk Norodom, at Phnom Penh in front of the Royal Palace, where his body will be exposed to the public for three months. Many people came from provinces especially to join the ceremonies. People pray, cry, but most of them just gather to celebrate the King with their family and friends, taking pictures with smartphones.
Photography - Travel Notes
Trekking along the Nam Ou river, Laos
Trekking along the Nam Ou River in Northern Laos. Most of the pictures were taken in the Khmu and Hmong (ethnic monirities) villages in the mountains next to Nong Khiaw and Muang Gnoi.
“A veces parece que estamos en el centro de la fiesta.
Sin embargo, en el centro de la fiesta no hay nadie.
En el centro de la fiesta está el vacío.
Pero en el centro del vacío hay otra fiesta.”
– Roberto Juarroz, Poesía Vertical XII – 21
A collection of moments from Spain, France, Canada, USA, Serbia and Marocco
Audiovisual Prod & Teaching
Aziza Film School
POSITION: Multimedia Producer / Audiovisual Storytelling Teacher
COLLABORATION with Sa Sa Art Projects and Big Stories Co
MISSION : Over the past decades, many old buildings in Phnom Penh have been transformed or destroyed as part of a recent wave of urban development. However, the White Building is among some historic structures that are holding on against this transition. Keenly aware of its unique history and the insecure future of the community, Sa Sa Art Projects has collaborated with Big Stories Co. to develop an online archive and database which collects living history of this neighbourhood.
Under the supervision of Australian producer, Martin Potter and Sa Sa’s director, Lyno Vuth, I taught audiovisual storytelling classes to a group of 10 students aged between 18 and 24. In the framework of this program, we produced films and photostories. See the films online at www.whitebuilding.org and the photostories on https://www.facebook.com/HoPPCambodia.
Photography - Assignment
LBF – Photomaton
POSITION: Photographer / Art Direction
CLIENT: Little Big Films
MISSION: commissioned to take pictures of LBF staff for their website. Present a creative concept around the keywords #audiovisual #photography #classic #elegant #creative #curiosity #interaction
Taking into account that LBF is a production company crafting videos for NGO’s, I shot a tryptich for each member of the staff and edited them to make them look like photomaton vintage prints