They’re not paintings or digitally made pictures, but simple and pure photography…
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They’re not paintings or digitally made pictures, but simple and pure photography…
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Guest Writer: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Act Group
Photos: Marysia Zipser, Roberto Alborghetti, Christopher Frost, Jeanie Barton, Caron Jane-Lyon
On Friday 10th March, Nottingham City and Beeston welcomed Roberto Alborghetti, celebrated author, journalist, visual artist and official biographer of Pope Francis, on the occasion of the 3rd public showing, and second anniversary, of THE GHOST BUS short film.
The film entitled ‘Epic Voyage’, produced and presented by Roberto in collaboration with Bartons plc and ACT Int’l Group (Art Culture Tourism), was first shown in March 2015 at Bartons, Chilwell, gaining impressive recognition and publicity in Nottingham and around the world. Its second public showing and Italian premiere took place at Piancastagnaio, Siena Province in October 2015.
The GHOST BUS and Roberto returned on Friday for a series of presentations. The first showing took place at Nottingham City Council House (Members Lounge) after Roberto had the pleasure to meet and talk with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir, in his Parlour.
The Lord Mayor sent this message to Roberto: “Thank you so much for coming out to visit our city, one of the best in the World. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and am looking forward to welcoming you whenever you visit our city again. Look after yourself and take care. Regards, The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir. You are always welcome Roberto!”
Barbara Barton, who accompanied her daughter Jeanie O’Shea, with Roberto, Marysia Zipser (Founder of ACT) and Caron Lyon into the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, said: “I’ve lived in Nottingham all my life and never been to see the Lord Mayor before or even seen the inside of the Council House! My thanks to all concerned as I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the films really made my mind creative as I was seeing things in the patterns and colours which were in my imagination. Fascinating!”
After the showing of the short film, together with Ghost Bus “Seaside Town” (music composed/performed by the Barton family) and “Can I think of Love?” (Colours Nottingham) composed /sung by Jeanie Barton to the colourful images of Nottingham streets captured by Roberto, the few guests were taken on a wonderful tour of the 1929 Council House building.
Then on for more creative space, relaxation and tasty food at THiNK: at Cobden Chambers, Pelham Street, in the city centre, before departing for Beeston and the Ghost Bus films second presentation at Rudyards Tea House in the evening. Ghost Bus friends and guests then took a few steps further up the High Street to L’Oliva, Italian bar & bistro for a relaxed get-together. L’Oliva is now a firm favourite venue of Roberto’s whenever he visits Beeston, as this was his 4th time from Italy.
The GHOST BUS Project has been travelling and spanning bridges across UK – Italy since 2015, and now across the world with its sustainable art, cultural and tourism collaborations. The Ghost Bus film trailer says, “Can you believe this Art is from an old bus?” Images of Maps, Lands, Horizons and Skies on the bus are transferred in their natural state into ‘abstract’ art via macro-photographic lens by Roberto Alborghetti. So the visual adventures from the Land of Robin Hood continue…because the road never ends.
Roberto has just published the 4th volume of his best selling biographical works on Pope Francis: “FRANCESCO”, 2013, 2015, 2017, Editrice Velar, 24020 Gorle BG, Italy.
Also his latest Italian bestseller is called “PRONTO? SONO IL LIBROFONINO! A cell phone tells stories of smombies, smartphones and cyber-bullies, Copyright: 2017 Nuovi Quindici 24020 Gorle BG, Italy
I’m so glad today to make public this video, “Seaside Town”, from “The Ghost Bus” project, with the participation of Bartons Plc and Act Group. It’s one of the two short films I created after my visit at Bartons Plc, in the former bus depot in High Rd, Chilwell-Beeston, in Nottingham (UK). I was deeply impressed by one of the oldest buses, the so called “Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton me that a vehicle-sister of the bus was documented in 1959 on a wonderful film of a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959. The film is in glorious Kodachrome colour made by professional film maker Bill Freeman.
I was stricken by the story of Bartons Buses. They were the first bus company to have continental holidays by coach and also they had heaters on their pre-war Leylands. And Bartons was the first company to provide their drivers and conductors with a uniform fit for them to go to church in… As “The Nottingham Post” stated: “ There’s only one Turbine Hall, and it’s in Tate Modern in London. But if Nottingham has an equivalent then it would have to be the former Bartons bus depot in Chilwell, where a history of labour and bare concrete and metal provide an appropriate backdrop for sprawling exhibitions such as Carnival of Monsters”.
So I began to create, processing and selectin’ hundreds of pictures I took that day (October 2014) around the old bus… Trasforming and turning pictures of ripped and decomposed publicity posters (on outdoor billboards), natural and random cracks and scratches, industrial crevices and deteriorations into “art subjects”. This is the aim (and the challenge) of my research-action (named “Lacer/actions”) which investigates, analizes and exploits the in-credible dimension of decomposition, decay, degradation and mutation of outdoor advertisings, urban structures and industrial materials, as The Ghost Bus.
My whole concept is “making art” from industrial deconstructionism, caught on camera, on macro scale. My shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, letting the picture tell the story. I catch and document the reality. And I don’t change what I see. There’s nothing contrived, or worked in… I love showing what I see. I always catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while I’m shooting the pictures. Yes, I know that many people spend hours trying to create in Photoshop, preferring to manipulate images to their preconceived ideas. They construct what the viewer sees, whereas I prefer to allow the viewer to construct their own conclusions about the pictures.
THE TWO SHORT FILMS
For the first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, I choose a powerful and stately soundtrack composed and performed by Audiomachine. The flow of images are grouped into four themes (Maps, Lands, Horizons and Skies), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway.
The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled “Seaside Town”. It is set to a soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton, who have participated with great enthusiasm in the project. Their soundtrack is emotive and highlights the human history of this vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles the bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many people.
For these short films I worked on details and particulars. Few centimeters of rusty iron surface reveal palettes of landscapes, dawns and sunsets. Or – as I’d like to say – the revolt of the skies… I think that every image may be considered a sort of a singular visual artwork. That’s the reason why, for the “Seaside Town” film, I choose to show them in frames, while splashes of watercolors dot the background of the pics, creating a colorful kaleidoscope effect.
We made “The Ghost Bus” experience not for a commercial purpose. We did it for the joy to create, to tell and to share, building bridges of collaboration and friendship between people, Countries and the world wide web. Since the moment we started to put on line some pics, flyers, cards series and video trailers, lot of people across the world have been expressing, thinking and commenting on the Ghost Bus project. This is the power of visual and musical arts. This is the wonder of a family history, the Bartons. This is the beauty of what human beings can do through creativity and mutual cooperation.
My warmest thanks to those who made possible these dream and project: Simon Barton and his family, Richard, James and Tom, Fiona barton, Jeanie Barton, Marysia Zipser, founder of Act Group, to fellow bloggers and journalists who supported the two films premieres we had in Chilwell (March 2015) end on Mount Amiata (Piancastagnaio, Siena) in Tuscany (October 2015). As I quoted in the Ghost Bus short film, “the road never ends…”
Trailer about the smashing short film #2 “The Ghost Bus / Seaside Town”, from “The Ghost Bus” project presented by Bartons PLC, Act Group and Roberto Alborghetti. A special World Premiere on line on December 15, 2016. Soundtrack of the “Seaside Town” shortfilm composed, arranged and performed by James,Richard, Simon and Tom Barton. Save the date! A great visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood.
About “The Ghost Bus” project:
Lovely and magical night at “MartinBook Festival” in Martinsicuro (Teramo, Italy). I had the honor and the joy to participate to it as author of “Francesco” (Francis), the first major historical illustrated biography of Pope Bergoglio, published by Editrice Velar. The event was held on last Saturday, July 30, sponsored by Martinbook cultural association and the City Council of Martinsicuro in the picturesque setting of the monumental complex of the Tower of Charles V and the annexed ancient customs, which now houses the Antiquarium Museum of Truentinum Castrum, which It preserves and displays archaeological finds from the territory of Martinsicuro.
It is always a great human and professional experience to participate in these events, which offer the opportunity to meet so many people and telling the process of work in writing and preparing “Francesco”, in its third revised edition, structured in 388 pages with 450 photos, published in large format (cm. 23 x 30) also available in a special edition in 3 volumes with slipcase. In the photo gallery: some pictures from the event. I was interviewed by journalist Noris Cretone. I thank for the collaboration: journalist Matteo Bianchini, professor Leopoldo Saraceni, Paolo Sandini (Velar Publishing) and the major Luca Camaioni. A special thanks to the people for the wonderful and great participation.
© Roberto Alborghetti, Lacer/actions, Rome, April 21, 2016
MY VISUAL TRIBUTE TO PRINCE. RIP! I TOOK THIS ABSTRACT PHOTO YESTERDAY, FROM A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER, WALKING ALONG VIA CAVOUR, IN ROME.
Some of the new and extraordinary designs for printing fabrics created by Mitrani Yarden & Roberto Alborghetti will be part of the great collections of Bruno Boggia Disegni. This important collaboration was recently joined in Como, at Studio Boggia, http://www.boggiadisegni.it/
Lucia Boggia personally selected the printing fabrics which very soon will be on sell across the world. Starting from the great achievement reached with the Volcano Dress (Yarden created an high fashion outfit basing on the design of one of the abstract photos Roberto took from the Ghost Bus, at Bartons Plc in Nottingham) Mitrani and Alborghetti has now developed an amazing series of printing fabrics always based on the abstract photos about decomposed matters. These works are available in exclusive and unique copy for professional use.
(The printing fabrics presented in this slideshow are not not available in the series exclusively done for Boggia Disegni Collection)
Yarden and Roberto have created a great series – an explosion of colors bringing new trends in fashion – and the same Boggia Studio was amazed and impressed by the prints layout that are ready to be used on different textiles and for different outfits. As Lucia Boggia said “no painter or pc can create this kind of printing fabrics”.
Roberto already collaborated with Boggia Studio in the creation of the three silk scarves with the design from torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial matters. Bruno Boggia Studio (Como, Italy) for over sixty years has been working in textile designs with the most famous fashion brands in the world: Capucci, Lacroix, Valentino, Lancetti, Mila Schon, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Etro, Escada, Donna Karan, Paul Smith, Rolando Santana…
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