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Coming To Light

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

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AIFO XXV° CONVEGNO INTERNAZIONALE – Roma, 12-13 Ottobre 2013

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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.

Factory Workers

All Images © Francesca Moore

These portraits taken in a car factory in Chennai are a work in progress that focuses on the people behind India’s recent economic growth – with car manufactoring being one of the most prominent factors contributing to growth in recent years.

RISE School Staff

All Images © Francesca Moore

With an extremely make-shift studio and only a couple of lights, we managed to get some great portraits of the teachers, head mistress and the CEO.

RISE School

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.