Few days ago in the Athens Photo Festival, I discovered through a serie of photos called “Shadows in Greece”,the Albanian photographer Enri Canaj.
Enri Canaj moved with his parents in Greece in 1991 and has been living there since then.
His serie about Athens remind me scenes of the movie of Matthieu Kassovitz ”La Haine”. Only in Canaj’s pictures there was no hate but desperation.
Canaj doesn’t make snapshots.
I have seen before pictures of homeless, junkies, people in the edge. Pictures that they were well-framed, had the right color balance but the photographer was just a person who was making a click-click and was whispering how much pity was feeling.
There is softness in Canaj’s way of portraying people. And even spaces. There is bitter sweetness in the photo of the couple laying in the bed staring at an invisible sky,same as there is in the photo of this man sleeping over a coffee table and even in the one where people sitting and discussing inside an abandoned dirty building with Arabic scribed all along the wall.
Canaj makes photos of people.
Of people who are junkies, homeless, with no money in their pockets, desperate and struggling .
But who firstly are people.
Today is full-pink-moon.
But no, if you glance up to the sky tonight although you will see a full moon ,it wont be pink. The name is part of a naming tradition that Native American tribes were using for full moons during different times of the year.
April’s moon is called pink because of the plant wild ground phlox which starts blossoming around this time.Native Americans connected this with the begin of Spring.
But even if April’s moon doesn’t look pink, if you are around Europe, Africa or Asia then you are lucky. Because today it takes place the first, and likely the best, of three lunar eclipses occurring this year. So find a nice spot, grab a beer or somebody’s hand and around 19.00 be ready!
Here you can also see a live broadcast of the lunar eclipse: http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html
However there is a man that today, like the last 10years, will be with his own moon.
Leonid Tishkov has created his own mobile half-moon and he travels around the world with it. In his words “the moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures -and everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. it gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.”.
Who knows maybe you will be lucky and see he and his half-moon one of those nights.
Otherwise have a look in his blog for more pictures of his moon travels around the world.