Dr. Hurley’s Digest, Vol. II, Issue 29

Hello dear Snake-Oilers. This week saw some great photography and poetry from previous contributors, plus a new fiction writer bringing a great short story to Snake-Oil Cure.

See what you missed below, and stay tuned for more goodies this week.

Monday – Poetry

Wednesday – Photography

Friday – Fiction

More, including some longer fiction, coming up in the next couple of weeks! The Doctor will return tomorrow.

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Exposure № 094: Baisakhi

Photographer Luca Napoli tells us about his series of photos on the Italian Sikh community:

“Every Year the Italian Sikh community arranges a big celebration of  “Baisakhi”, the feast of the harvest. There are two big Sikh communities in Italy. One in Brescia and the other smaller in a small village close to Reggio Emilia. I decided to visit the community in Brescia to photograph the celebration. After a few shots, I realized that I was portraying the event without any originality.”

“So I decided to approach each Sikh one at a time and ask them for a close-up portrait that just celebrates their people via the frankness of their glance. Just me and them.”

“In the end, I realized that the portraits had been triggered by the will (mine and theirs) to reduce the cultural distances between ‘Italian’ (let’s say, occidental) culture and Sikh culture.”

 

“Every portrait was preceded and followed by a friendly chat, and it was a very powerful way to understand how you can erase cultural distance so simply. So the message of the project is: there is no distance, no cultural difference. It’s actually all in our mind!”

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Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. He lives in a small town close to Milan. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved him during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SLR and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless in his opinion, a pure aesthetic exercise.  His photos can be seen at Flickr.

His other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Nymph Finding the Fullness of Freedom

This poem was inspired by the photography work of Luca Napoli, previously featured at Snake-Oil Cure in the post Exposure № 058: Festivals of the Provinces II

ut from her antenna, suicide is not
always an escape.

Opens her eyes and puts the moon
asleep.  Sees lands and scapes of
being mixed with moving caravans,

her chaperone quick to follow.

The sun went out.
Laughter left the room, she’d
never known such emptiness
and non-attachment.

Don’t leave me here this way.
Hide the tracks, close the cover,
dig, dig and dig.

Cover up all the deserts.  Anyway
you don’t need to close your eyes,
just keep your mouth shut.

Desolate birds thrown from trees;
a nymph won’t show her face.
Makes trouble in the trough.
Crawls through grime, even men
from outer space can’t restrain her.

She is good and kind, simply hard to find.

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Gisele Vincent-Page lives in Canada and is the author of Strolling Down Heaven’s Gate, a compilation of prose and poetry relating to her 28 years of living with HIV. She has received the Poet of the Week  award on two occasions on Super Poetry Highway. Her poems have been published in Mused; Bella online; Poetry Soup; all things girl, Fanstory; allpoetry.com;Author’s Den; received the Poet of the Month award from The Writing Forum.  The Body HIV/AIDs Newsletter has also published one of her poems. She has written blogs for the websiteA Girl Like Me (AGLM).

Her previous contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 060: Festivals of the Provinces III

Photographer Luca Napoli continues his series of festive photos. Go here and here for the previous installments.

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Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. He lives in a small town close to Milan. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved me during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless in his opinion, a pure aesthetic exercise.  His photos can be seen at his Flickr.

His other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 058: Festivals of the Provinces II

More photography from Luca Napoli. Go here to see the first post in this series.

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Luca Napoli, a self-taught photographer, was influenced by his father, who always involved him during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. His photos can be seen at his Flickr.
His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 057: Festivals of the Provinces I

Says Luca Napoli of this fantastic body of work:

Festivals and fairs of the provinces.  I like how the flash is able to accentuate the atmosphere probably a bit playful and grotesque… A fun experiment, walking in Gilden’s footsteps.

Stay tuned for more of these images over the next two weeks.

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Luca Napoli, a self-taught photographer, was influenced by his father, who always involved him during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. His photos can be seen at his Flickr.
His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 046: Commuters III

And here is the conclusion of Luca Napoli’s Commuters series.  If you want more of this fabulous series, watch the video Luca put together here.

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Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. He lives in a small town close to Milan. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved him during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SLR and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless, a pure aesthetic exercise.  His photos can be seen at his Flickr. His publications at Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 045: Commuters II

Here are more photos from Luca Napoli’s Commuters series, which began two weeks ago.

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Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. He lives in a small town close to Milan. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved me during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless in my opinion, a pure aesthetic exercise.  His photos can be seen at his Flickr.
His publications at Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Exposure № 043: Commuters I

Photographer Luca Napoli tell us about his Commuters series:

“The Commuters portrayed here are from my own daily commute between Legnano to Milan, taken mainly on the train and underground.

I’ve tried to capture them in candid moments, lost in thought, humour, resentment and resignation. In a slideshow of hypnotic landscapes we can feel the pain of waiting; minutes, hours of wishing to be anywhere else but where they are.

For I am a Commuter too and have been for many a year and I’m sure there are millions like me in towns and cities around the world.

My antidote to the desensitising nature of years of commuting has come through this photography project.

Like many I needed to find a positive escape from these stolen hours and this is mine.”
Stay tuned for more of these brilliant images in the weeks to come!

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Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved me during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. His photos can be seen at his Flickr.
His publications at Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.