“THE GHOST BUS”: BBC RADIO TELLS THE SAGA IN “LETTER FROM BEESTON”

Letter from Beeston by Marysia Zipser, broadcasted on BBC Radio Nottingham, on May 20, 2020. Marysia presents “The Ghost Bus: Roberto Alborghetti in the Land of Robin Hood”. A wonderful story, a fantastic visual adventure. 

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THE GHOST BUS: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD

BY MARYSIA ZIPSER 

(Text brodcasted on BBC Radio on May 20, 2020) 

In October 2014, Roberto Alborghetti came to Beeston for the first time.  We had ‘met’ on LinkedIn earlier that year – the world’s business networking platform. I loved his posts and, in particular, his visual art project called Lacer/Actions.

He transforms and turns pictures of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, scratches, and deteriorations, into “art subjects”.  His whole concept is “making art” from industrial de-construction-ism, caught by camera, macro scale. He captures the randomness, letting the picture tell the story, and documents the reality.  He doesn’t change what he sees.  Nothing is manipulated.

I asked Roberto that I would like to feature him and his work at my second Art-Culture-Tourism networking evening in March called “Cultures Crossing”, by showing his artworks on screen.   He was delighted, and my event at The Lace Mill certainly was Vay-Nee Vee-Dee Vee-Chee “Veni, Vidi, Vici”.  It brought European press coverage all thanks to Roberto’s journalist efforts.

A few months later, Roberto contacted me to say he was visiting London friends and could he come to Beeston to see me for several hours before he went back to Italy.  I said yes, of course.

Prior to his proposed visit, I had researched further into his background, and found out that besides being an Italian ‘Pulitzer’ award-winning journalist and best selling author, he was also the official biographer to Pope Francis.  And, he had just published his second volume on him, called “My Life is an Arrow”.  So, I thought, I wonder if Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, who happens to live in Beeston, would be free for a photo shoot with Roberto.  Tim gladly accepted.

So the day came when I met Roberto from Beeston railway station and brought him to Chilwell High Road.  He and Tim got on famously and I photographed them together at Chilwell Creative Corner and then walked them up to Barton’s head office.

Simon Barton greeted us and steered us into the old garage walking through his office, as though left in a time warp.  I have always loved the Barton’s historic building and the events Simon and his sons have staged there.   I knew Roberto would be hooked.

I was not mistaken.  In fact, he disappeared totally among the old Barton buses, vintage cars, vans and bicycles arrayed over the large expanse of the docking sheds. It is a transport enthusiast’s Valhalla.  While Simon, Tim and I chatted, Roberto was taking his macro photos of the old vehicles cocooning him.  He was transported back in time.  The Robin Hood marque on the side chasses of the red buses proved excellent photo backdrops for them together.

Then, he chanced upon the Ghost Bus, a 1956 URR Reliance, which had been rescued from a Suffolk field…after 20 years of slumber. When it was time to go, I called out to Roberto.  He excitedly walked back to us with a smile.  We said our grateful goodbyes and entered into the street’s bright daylight.

Roberto followed and called out, “Marisha, I know what I am going to dooo!” “I’m going to make a film about The Ghost Bus!”. And so in March 2015, Roberto returned to Bartons to premiere his short film at The Ghost Bus Show.  The journey and Ghost Bus Saga had begun.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Marysia Zipser

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ARE THESE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF A SEASIDE TOWN? NO, THEY ARE SIMPLY CRACKS AND CORROSIONS

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At first glance they look like one of those images for the aerial photography category. Indeed, aerial photographs of a city located on the sea … You can see the network of streets and the strip that is located near the sea, which is obviously blue … But this reading is only the result of a mental image, from a personal point of view. The photos, much more simply, are close-up shots of the surface of a disfigured warning sign that I identified at the Monterotondo railway station, a city that is located at the gates of Rome. Yes, amazing cracks!

This series of shots is also part of the now large collection (over 120,000 photographs) for my “Lacer/actions” project, which documents the beauty of the imperfect (and decomposed) reality that surrounds us, and which we often cannot perceive. So: welcome to the blue city on the blue sea, the one we see from above of the plane…of our mind.

Interested in this amazing image project? Go to the lithographs gallery: exclusive unique and original copies are available! They are artworks that only you can have, keep and use exclusively.

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-lithographs/

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A prima vista sembrano proprio una di quelle immagini per la categoria delle fotografie aeree. Anzi, fotografie aeree di una città che si trova sul mare… Si possono scorgere il reticolo delle vie e la striscia che si trova in prossimità del mare, che è ovviamente di colore blu… Ma questa lettura è solo frutto di una immagine mentale, di un punto di vista personale. Le foto, molto più semplicemente, sono scatti ravvicinati della superficie di un cartello segnaletico, corroso dal tempo, individuato presso la Stazione ferroviaria di Monterotondo, città che si trova alle porte di Roma. Anche questa serie di scatti fa parte della ormai ampia collezione (oltre 120.000 fotografie) per il mio progetto “Lacer/actions”, che documenta la bellezza della realtà imperfetta (e decomposta) che ci circonda, e che spesso non riusciamo a percepire. E allora: benvenuti nella città blu sul mare blu, quella che vediamo dall’alto, a bordo di un aereo.

 

 

WHITE, RED, GREEN: FOR ITALY (PER L’ITALIA, 25 APRILE 2020

New video: Sixty seconds to remember the Italian Day of Liberation (April 25) from nazi-fascism and as tribute of hope to Italy in the days of covid-19 . My abstract and visual works – they’re macro photos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters on outdoor billboards – for a chromo and musical experience remembering April 25, 1945… I de-structured and re-structured the colors of the Italian flag (white, red and green) as a tribute to the dream of freedom comin’ from a Nation and from a People.

© Roberto Alborghetti

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Sessanta secondi per ricordare la Giornata della Liberazione italiana dal nazifascismo e come tributo di speranza all’Italia nei giorni difficili del covid-19. Le mie opere astratte e visive – sono macro foto di manifesti pubblicitari strappati e decomposti su cartelloni pubblicitari all’aperto – per un’esperienza cromo musicale che ricorda il 25 aprile 1945 … Ho destrutturato e ri-strutturato i colori della bandiera italiana (bianco, rosso e verde) come omaggio al sogno di libertà proveniente da una nazione e da un popolo.

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APRIL 22, #EARTHDAY / THE WONDERFUL LESSONS OF A SMALL SNAIL #1

© Roberto Alborghetti

I think the snail can be considered the symbol of these months related to the coronavirus pandemic. In its existence, in its slow and cautious movement, in its being protected by its shell (its home, from which it never separates), the small snail offers us great teachings. They are those who come to us from nature, from Mother Earth, to whom a World Day is dedicated: it’s tomorrow, April 22. As I like to photograph the state of the decompositions of city walls and industrial materials, so I love to photograph snails, their movements, their living environment, their beautiful colors.

The snail shell-house also offers us a range of colors and designs that envy the creations of the best designers in the world. Her aesthetic beauty is accompanied by her modalities and her lifestyle. The snail invites us all to slow down, to stop to observe the natural beauties, to look better at the environment in which we live. It gives us, in its own way, another lesson that we may have learned from these lockdown days for covid-19. Mother Earth can save us, even against the worst viruses. And that the worst viruses, if we look carefully, can spread precisely because we have massacred our natural living environment. The little snails at the center of these photographic sequences that I made are here to remember it. Have a good trip! In slowness and security!

Earth Day 2020

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Penso che la chiocciola possa essere considerata il simbolo di questi mesi legati alla pandemia del coronavirus. Nella sua esistenza, nel suo lento e cauto muoversi, nel suo essere protetta dal suo guscio (la sua casa, dalla quale non si separa mai) la piccola chiocciola ci offre dei grandi insegnamenti. Sono quelli che ci arrivano dalla natura, da Madre Terra, alla quale è appunto dedicata una Giornata mondiale. Come mi piace fotografare lo stato delle decomposizioni dei muri delle città e dei materiali industriali, così amo molto fotografare le chiocciole, i loro movimenti, il loro ambiente di vita, i loro stupendi colori.

Il guscio-casa delle chiocciole ci offre peraltro una gamma di colori e di disegni che fanno invidia alle creazioni dei migliori designers del mondo. La sua bellezza estetica è accompagnata dalle sue modalità e dal suo stile di vita. La chiocciola ci invita tutti a rallentare, a fermarci ad osservare le bellezze naturali, a guardare meglio all’ambiente in cui viviamo. Ci dà, a suo modo, un’altra lezione che forse abbiamo appreso da queste giornate di lockdown per il covid-19. Ossia, che è l’ambiente, la Madre Terra, che ci può salvare, anche nei confronti dei peggiori virus. E che i peggiori virus, se ben guardiamo, possono diffondersi proprio perchè abbiamo massacrato il nostro naturale ambiente di vita. Le piccole chiocciole al centro di queste sequenze fotografiche che ho realizzato, sono qui a ricordarlo. Buon viaggio! Che sia lento e sicuro!

COMING SOON: DE-STRUCTERED COLORS OF ITALIAN FLAG (FOR ITALY)

Video Première on next April 24… Sixty seconds to remember the Italian Day of Liberation from nazi-fascism and as tribute of hope to Italy in the days of covid-19 . My abstract and visual works – they’re macro photos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters on outdoor billboards – for a chromo and musical experience remembering April 25, 1945… I de-structured and re-structured the colors of the Italian flag (white, red and green) as a tribute to the dream of freedom comin’ from a Nation and from a People.

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Sessanta secondi per ricordare la Giornata della Liberazione italiana dal nazifascismo e come tributo di speranza all’Italia nei giorni difficili del covid-19. Le mie opere astratte e visive – sono macro foto di manifesti pubblicitari strappati e decomposti su cartelloni pubblicitari all’aperto – per un’esperienza cromo musicale che ricorda il 25 aprile 1945 … Ho destrutturato e ri-strutturato i colori della bandiera italiana (bianco, rosso e verde) come omaggio al sogno di libertà proveniente da una nazione e da un popolo.

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“COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE”: WORLD PREMIERE ON WEB (APRIL 18, 2020, 3 PM)

“And I saw a new sky and a new earth.” A “short film” of 13 minutes. A singular journey through some passages from the Apocalypse of John, re-read and commented in the light of the images of the “Lacer / actions” project, the colors of the street signs photographed by Roberto Alborghetti. The theme of the video inspired two major exhibitions, at the Rocca Aldobrandesca of Piancastagnaio, Siena in Tucany, and at the Romanesque Baptistery of S. Giovanni in Lenno, Lake Como. The reality that surrounds us as we have never seen it before: that one photographed on the walls of cities, in the cracks and colors of decomposition. The “short film” is unpublished for the Net: it was created in 2015, on the occasion of the Lenno exhibition. It is made freely available to the public now, in April 2020, as a sign of hope for Italy and the whole world, in the wake of the words written by John : «And I saw a new sky and a new earth: the sky and the earth in fact had disappeared from the former land and the sea was gone “(Ap 21,1).

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A MASK DOES NOT PREVENT US FROM DREAMING OF A COLORFUL WORLD

Roberto Alborghetti with mask

A mask and a pair of gloves do not take away the freedom to dream, see and imagine a world of colors and art. Perhaps these days of total lockdown are an invitation to rethink our lifestyles and also to better observe the world around us. In the photo: my showroom with pictures for my Lacer/actions project. They are not paintings, but macro photos of the reality that is around us, in the streets, in the squares, in the places where there is always something to see from a different point of view.

Visit the virtual gallery with macro photos transferred to large canvases:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/

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Una mascherina e un paio di guanti non ci tolgono la libertà di sognare, vedere e immaginare un mondo di colori e di arte. Forse, queste giornate di lockdown totale, sono un invito a ripensare i nostri stili di vita e, pure, ad osservare meglio il mondo che circonda. Nella foto: my showroom with pictures for my Lacer/action project. Non sono dipinti, ma macro photos della realtà che è attorno a noi, nelle strade, nelle piazze, nei luoghi dove c’è sempre qualcosa da vedere da un differente punto di vista.

Visita la galleria virtuale con le macro foto trasferite su grandi tele:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/