Thanks to my curator, Professor Johanna Fassl, they have asked to have an exhibition of my Syria photography as part of an international conference
Opening of my exhibition on 15th November 2013. Syria: Facing the revolution: It features select photographs by UK born photographer Russell Chapman who travelled to the Middle East in the spring of 2013, documenting the revolution and its impact on human life in Syria and in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. For Chapman, “Photography does not mean to freeze what you just saw but more what you just felt. When we venture into our past, our memories are not like a continuous film that runs on in our head but more like images, in which we recognize forms that touch all of our senses.”
The exhibition is curated by Professor Johanna Fassl, faculty member at Franklin College Switzerland and director of Columbia University in Venice,
Yesterday the very good gallery, De Primi Fine Art in Lugano, said it would like to include some of my work in its next exhibition of photography. However I disagree with something the director said, that I should concentrate on only one style of photography. I’m an eclectic person, my passion is to create the images I like, depending on how I feel. The artist Russell cannot be recognized through only one style of photography.
Part of a series I am creating called ‘Jump’
If you are wondering where the gorgeous backdrop to this picture was taken, it is from the top of Mt Lema looking down to Lugano and its lake. This is in Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland and very close to Italy. I have to say that this whole area is great for walking. That day a group of us walked from Mt Tamaro to Mt Lema. It is a 15k (12mile) hike up and down several peaks. The highest being over 2000m (6000ft) So if you are looking for somewhere new to explore and enjoy stunning views, this part of the world is well worth a visit.
My friend Veronika resting on the grass after during a long walk in the mountains. What hit me was her position and hair. It reminded me of a girl I found who had been killed by a bomb blast. There were no external injuries but the blast destroyed her lungs even though she looked as if she was only sleeping. Seeing my friend in the same position and with her hair the same way made me flashback but at the same time it was if she had been resurrected and was only asleep.