1.] Women doing pabasa [chanting songs from the bible.] Usually they are the elders of the house or of the community.
2.] Men performing penitensya [inflicting wounds on their backs, mimicking the torture laid upon Christ.]
Night photography of volcanoes in Indonesia
"Nobody knows what art is, and it can’t be taught. It’s the mind and the talent of the eye of the individual, who is operating the machine, that produces what comes out of it."—Walker Evans
Some people can paint, others can’t. Some folks can sing, I cannot. And some individuals take great photographs, while others can only aspire. The Rome-based photographer, Giovanni Cocco, was unknown to me until last week. I stumbled upon his work online and in a moment, knew, this is a photographer with talent. Later, upon reviewing his portfolio online, my notion was duly confirmed.
Cocco’s work is diverse and strong. A quick survey of his portfolio and you’ll see, there’s a passionate eye behind the lens. Whether in color or black & white, shooting commercial or his own personal projects, this Italian photographer knows exactly what he’s doing with his machine. This selection from his “Burladies" series is but one distinct example of what he can do. Younger and ambitious photographers, in particular, should take note. This is how good you need to be—and it can’t be taught. —Lane Nevares
Martin Freeman’s got lots of wonderful quirks and talents. Many of which are on display in the film. But his most remarkable quality as an actor is to be able, with absolute clarity, to convey that he’s thinking two things at the same time. And you know as an audience what they are. And I wasn’t the only one on the set to say to himself later: “I wish I could act like that.” He has a palette of subtlety. And I thought, this is a new sort of acting that I’ve never seen before. — Sir Ian McKellen