All Images © Francesca Moore
Many thanks to everyone that came for a portrait at Format Photography Festival – I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did. All of these lovely people were photographed for Matter Collectives’ pop-up studio event to look like an 18th Century Joseph Wright portrait. Really pleased with the results, and a warm thanks to all the sitters, Matter Collective, Derby Museums and Format Photography Festival.
More info on the post below, and at www.mattercollective.co.uk
This blog will be taking a rest for a little while as I direct my energies towards Bhopal: Facing 30, an Arts Council England funded project that looks at the people and the place of the Bhopal disaster, thirty years on. There’s a dedicated project blog, www.bhopalfacing30.wordpress.com, where you can follow news and updates. I hope you’ll enjoy the progress, and I look forward to seeing you back here soon!
Image © Francesca Moore
I have an exhibition of my live music shots, opening today at Mange Tout, Brighton. I have been photographing live music for the past ten years, first dabbling with Nottingham’s vibrant music scene at the start of the millennia. Since then I have been shooting major stage events, and this exhibition brings you some of the highlights from the past five years – many of which unseen before – in the form of signed limited edition fine art prints.
Private View: Monday 9th December 6.30-8.30pm
The show will run until the end of January 2014.
For further Information and print sale inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One month ago today I found out that I had been awarded an Arts Council Grant for my project, Bhopal: Facing 30. The photographic project, in two parts, portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal disaster today and of the people that continue to be affected 30 years on. A book of the work will be published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the disaster.
Production of a dedicated project blog is underway, where I will publish project-specific updates and invite you to follow for news of project progress and events. Until then, you can always find updates via twitter @moorefran.
In early January 2014 I will return to Bhopal to shoot the second half of the project, details of which will all be posted on the new blog pages. Then in due course I will be organising a series of talks and events in London and Brighton for local people to engage with the artwork, and with the wider issues of Bhopal.
With thanks to all those who helped make the grant application a success, and thanks too to the project partners with whom I look forward to working with throughout the duration of Bhopal: Facing 30; Bhopal Medical Appeal, Sambhavna Trust Clinic, Photofusion Gallery, Housmans Bookshop, Daunt Books, Community Arts Centre, and Asian Resource Centre of Croydon.
All Images © Francesca Moore
This weekend AIFO (Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau) are hosting their International Conference in Rome – and their posters feature highlights from the extensive set of images that Lorenza and I captured for them earlier this year whilst in India. We’ve just popped into the AIFO Head Office in Bologna, where the images have been very well received and are also fronting many other printed PR materials including the 2012 Annual Report, and the 2014 calender. It’s great that the images are being put to good use – the posters are soon to be seen on billboards around Italy too, so watch this space!
For further info: AIFO is a grassroot organisation with groups and regional coordinations covering the whole of Italy. At the same time, AIFO is an international non-governmental organisation active mainly in two areas – (1) fight against leprosy integrated in primary health care services; (2) Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes open to all the different groups of persons with disabilities including persons with disabilities due to leprosy and persons with mental illness.
All Images © Francesca Moore
Whilst at Navdanya we met Meegan, who had recently been volunteering at the RISE School, near Pollachi. She said that they could use some pictures for their website, and that it was stunningly beautiful down there, so if we could fit it in we should go and visit.
The school was set up by The RISE Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase educational opportunities for children in rural India, to give them the same opportunities as city children.
With a few vague directions we realised that the school, in the small village of Thimmanguthu, wouldn’t be too far off our planned route South so we made the arrangement to go and be picked up in Pollachi.
Thimmanguthu was by far the most remote place we had visited in India, perhaps this shouldn’t have been a surprise after the claim of ‘stunning beauty’. The school was nested amongst miles and miles of coconut groves, and was a good 40-minute drive to the nearest community where we could buy the most basic things, such as food. Had we known this, we would have arrived a little more prepared!
We were hosted in a lovely house on the school grounds, which in itself was isolated on the top of the hill. At the end of the school day all the teachers and students left, except the head mistress and the groundsman, who soon became our favoured supplier of coconuts!
We had a great time hanging out with the children, who loved Lorenza’s innovative sign language for names of fruits, and had a great bring-and-share lunch with the teachers, who said that the pasta pomodoro – with just a little more masala, and a few extra chillies – would have been just perfect! I preferred the Dal anyhow.
These shots show the students at work and play, and will soon feature on the new website and printed marketing materials.
Plus there’s a silly snapshot of us at the house with watermelon smiles.