elephant black and white photography, shallow depth of field, high contrast, by Francesco Merlini

Scrapbook A photography project by Francesco Merlini

In Scrapbook, Francesco Merlini introduces us to a world of harsh and disturbing reality. A reality made of ordinary and mysterious situations, confronting us to cityscapes, black and white pictures of people and desolate natural environment. With the same provocative aesthetic and visceral strengh Merlini explore the themes of sexuality, death and the moral decay of society.

“For me, taking pictures has always been a way to collect visual notes about reality and particularly about my perception of that. Reality and photographer’s emotional and visual fund mould together in order to create a personal interpretation, according to my belief that photography’s capacity lies in its evocative power more than its narrative factor. My works have focused on different aspects and stories but I’ve always accomplished them as diaries imbued with a fascination that has made me focus mainly on the themes of death, sexuality and formal and moral decay in our society.” – Francesco Merlini

Monthly Photo Contest

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2022 Visual Storytelling AWARD Deadline: 31 January 2022

The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.

From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate; unique voices willing to share their stories with conviction and awareness.⁠

Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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