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Samurai Song

by Robert Pinsky

When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.

When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.

When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.

When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.

When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.

When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.

Need is my tactic, detachment
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep

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Nine Sixty. Sixty-seconds video portraits of people at the bar “Il Puerto” (serving superb tapas and some delicious oysters!) in Puerto di Mazarron, Spain, taken as part of my assignment for the photographic workshop with Antonin Kratochvil “The Psychological Portrait” (Spain 2013). Little movements of the faces and eyes reveal a lot about the person. It also shows what video can bring more than still photography.

The one minute video portraits was an idea I first saw on Chase Jarvis blog. I made a montage just to shorten presentation but it happened to be a great means to compare people at the same time. To create the video montage I used these Linux commands:

$ for i in P*MOV; do ffmpeg -i $i ${i/.MOV/-%d.jpg}; done

$ for i in {1..1800}; do montage -geometry 427x240 -tile 3x3 P*-$i.jpg montage-$i.jpg; done

$ ffmpeg -f image2 -i montage-%d.jpg -r 30 -b 4800000 montage.mpg

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Photography is always a balance between reality and interpretation. Like a musician that plays a piece, free to interprete but cannot play what is not there.

Bernard Deschamps @Paris Photo 2012
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Clash with Ambri-Piotta hooli-fans in Lugano during their march to the Lugano ice-hockey stadium. November 2012. Personal work during the workshop with Alex Majoli at the Lugano Photo Days 2012.

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