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N 39 B 1.4K C 7 E Jul 6, 2018 F May 30, 2020
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... Baha'i Prayer for Unity ...

O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.

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N 2 B 98 C 3 E May 24, 2020 F May 25, 2020
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N 50 B 633 C 8 E May 23, 2020 F May 24, 2020
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I’ve posted his image before… but just re-worked another that I wanted to share along with the memory … Abraham lived in a residence for mentally disabled adults in a corner building by my last NYC apartment … each time I passed by his building he never failed to greet me with a warm and genuine smile …. followed by the the same “Hi …how are ya” …to begin the conversation …. that connection affected me so much so that I’d even walk out of my way sometimes for that extra long New York City block just to receive it …. and the day after I made this shot I was actually excited to bring him the print of the street portrait … I wasn’t sure how he’d respond … but happily his face gave off such a glee and surprise and joy … the memory of that reaction still satisfies and comforts me all these years later … I’m certain that Abraham didn’t have many worldly possesions … and also certain that he treasured that print as much as I treasured his reaction to receiving it …. it was my gift to him and equally his to me …. I miss that daily encounter … it remains one of my fondest NYC memories … and when I re-worked this image last nite it all came back to me with such strong and good emotion that I had to share it here … reminding again how much kindness and warmth and connection one to another can impact and affect the soul … I think …especially in these times … that’s not too bad a lesson to carry forward …

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N 7 B 386 C 0 E Sep 5, 2010 F May 23, 2020
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Hello and welcome!
My name is Luca Pierro and I’m a photographer specialised in portraiture and travel photography.

In 2010, ten years ago, I started a project called 100 self portraits.
Here’s a brief description of the project:
“Rather than relying too heavily on the visual manipulation techniques acquired through post-production editing, Pierro incorporates natural materials like flour, milk, and water on set, within the frame of the shoot.
Since we last saw Pierro, appearing through clouds of flour and covered in soapy water, he has continued his expressive works, producing more amazing shots to add to his 100 Self-Portraits project. Using a variety of elements, including new ones like wool and newspapers, the photographer immerses himself in his tightly-framed environment, translating human emotions while presenting a multitude of colors, textures, and materials.
Pierro’s intentions with these series of images, as he explained to us in the past, are to link man with mother nature. The photographer himself serves as the representation of man with all of his facial expressions, visible emotions, and composition and the elements represent the earth from which they came. Even if some of the materials are man-made, they reflect man’s interaction with nature.”
mymodernmet.com

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series , considering also the global situation, I decided to make this free online photography course for anyone interested in this kind of images and creative process.

This course won’t be the standard technical photography class. If you are only interested in technical aspects about the lighting and the equipment you’ll be probably disappointed by the lectures.

Of course, there will be several modules about the camera settings and the studio set-up but the core of this program will be on yourself and your ability to convey your inner world in your self-portrait using only your imagination and a restricted number of elements such the light/shadow, the color, the composition, the texture.

There are still two spots available.
This is a totally free course.
It will require only few hours per week but all your motivation.
P.M. for info. Thanks

N 6 B 281 C 2 E Sep 6, 2010 F May 23, 2020
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