A Slideluck Potshow London/DEVELOP Tube creative collaboration - Japan, I wish I knew your name by Pierfrancesco Celada: During a brief visit to Japan in 2009 I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. Language and cultural differences were only augmenting this distance between the locals and me. However, while observing people, it was clear that even indigenous were not able to interact successfully. I have then decided to come back in 2010 and better visualize these concepts.
The Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Megalopolis, also called Taiheiyō Belt is a unique example of urban agglomeration with an estimated population of over 80 million people.
Despite this incredibly high number of chances to interact, it seems that society is moving in the opposite direction. The purpose of this investigation is to create awareness and highlight the problems that modernization and the rapid changes in the environment create in our lives. Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Do we feel part of the environment? Are we alone in the crowd?
After completing a PhD in Biomechanics, Pierfrancesco is now concentrating his attention on his personal photographic projects. He recently won the Ideastap and Magnum Photo photographic award, interned at the Magnum office in London and produced a multimedia piece at Magnum in Motion, New York. His work has been exhibited at international venues, including: Bawag Foundation, Wien; Newcastle College, Newcastle; Photomonth Photolounge, London and more recently Onward'11, Project Basho, Philadelphia. He is currently working on his long-term project about solitude in modern Megalopolis.
As part of a creative collaboration between Slideluck Potshow London and DEVELOP Tube, Erica McDonald has made a selection of the stories presented in London in the 2012 SLPS edition, to be spotlighted on DEVELOP Tube. The artists selected are: Alexander Sedelnikov, Cristina de Middel, Luca Sage, Melissa Cacciola, Paul S. Amundsen, Pierfrancesco Celada, Kirsty Mackay, Claudia Mozzillo, Alvaro Laiz.
Slideluck Potshow (SLPS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. SLPS operates multimedia slideshows combined with potluck dinners in about fifty cities around the world. slideluckpotshow.com/
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This album is part of the DEVELOP Tube Channel which can be found at vimeo.com/channels/developphoto. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.
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