Subtropical Caucasus

Posted on Dec 1, 2015
Subtropical Caucasus

Just North of the border with Turkey and an hour from the autonomous region of Abkhazia lies Batumi, a Black Sea coastal town and one of the main seaside resorts in Georgia. Soviet era housing estates are surrounded by palms and over the top new developments in this subtropical climate. It’s the Georgian Riviera. Below […]

The Great Caucasus

Posted on Nov 1, 2015
The Great Caucasus

It’s been a month and a half since I came back from my trip through the Caucasus. That’s pretty much the time it’s taking me to finish my project on Armenia and the “De Facto” Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (The Lesser Caucasus). Finally, I had time to start looking at my images from Georgia: From dark Soviet era metro stations in Tbilisi […]

The Baltic Sea

Posted on Oct 28, 2015
The Baltic Sea

Some images from my recent trip to Latvia that confirm my evident inability to take happy holiday snaps. Northern Europe obviously helps. My favourite is probably the man praying at 7°C while walking in the Baltic sea; probably part of some purification process. Ethnic Latvians are usually Lutherans, Ethnic Russians (half of the capital’s population) […]

Framing Conflict

Posted on Oct 2, 2015
Framing Conflict

I am currently trying to curate my personal Instagram (@_m_barbieri) feed through associations and juxtapositions, which is something I always loved doing through my photography practice. I have recently added a couple of images from two of my latest projects: The Holy Land and a new project in progress on the language of war in […]

Interview

Posted on Sep 27, 2015
Interview

I am famous, at least in Armenia. Below is a video that recently appeared on Civilnet, an online news television from Armenia. I have been interviewed during my trip in Nagorno Karabakh by two journalists I met in Stepanakert. They asked me some questions about the reasons I am there and I replied with my classy Italian accent while […]

The Language of War

Posted on Sep 23, 2015
The Language of War

The display of patriotic feelings and war paraphernalia is, in my mind, scarily reminiscent of nationalism. For someone born and raised in a peaceful period in a Western European country, the presence of members of the army on the streets of my city would be reason enough for concern rather than something to make me feel safer. […]

Off the Map in Nagorno Karabakh Republic

Posted on Sep 18, 2015
Off the Map in Nagorno Karabakh Republic

Nagorno Karabakh is a small nation in the southern Caucasus and the result of what in the West we patronisingly call a “forgotten conflict“. Internationally considered as part of Azerbaijan, Karabakh (as it’s called by Armenians, or Artsakh as defined by its inhabitants) is a “De Facto” Republic that in the eyes of the Armenians represent the missing Eastern […]

Disposable Corners

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Disposable Corners

The temporary nature of some elements of our cityscapes is something I have always been fascinated with from the time I worked on St. Alphage, a project on a part of London that recently disappeared. This image is dedicated to a “disposable” corner that caught my attention for its clean lines and strong colours. The […]

“Arty Farty” Instagram Account

Posted on Aug 21, 2015
“Arty Farty” Instagram Account

So I started a little social experiment to find out what happens if I create a new “arty farty” Instagram account dedicated to my images. You can find it by clicking this link: @_m_barbieri It’s an excuse to show off with my work and some of the images that did not make it into any projects […]

One Day in The Life Of: 15th of August

Posted on Aug 16, 2015
One Day in The Life Of: 15th of August

If you get an invite from someone to his place in 46 Hereford Street, don’t trust him…. Another surreal example of the state of social housing in UK. While the location of some estates or ex-council flats is enough to make their value sore so much that even the Guardian takes notice, other buildings in less privileged areas […]

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