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WePhoto Minimal 2016 Vol 4

Editorial Team / Readazione Mario Bunčuga: Editor Mario Bunčuga: Art Director Pankaj Anand: Proof Simone Vivaldo: Minimal Group Leader

Dear all, I am very proud to introduce our new collection ‘The Series’. It was not so long ago that we had launched the first eBook that included the photographic work of the 15 administrators, who at that time were contributing to manage the ‘WePhoto’ group. Since then, we have published more than 50 eBooks, a special edition work called ‘Calendar 2015’ and two calendars in 2016. The Series is made up of different eBooks, each of them related to a specific photographic genre. The one in your hands is the second thematic book on Portrait Photography. Every year we bring together the best authors from Italy and abroad sharing their works at our WePhoto Group. This sequence of the finest images in portraiture is a result of same endeavour from us. . This one is the fourth volume of Minimal Series. . We hope you will enjoy their art, subscribe to our editions and help us spread the word.

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We are all so excited and happy to be able to collect such beautiful images and, most of all to be able to share them with a wide audience. Please spread it across by sharing, and recommend wherever you can to download these free eBooks from our webpages and links Do make sure to leave your feedback on the eStores — a 5-star rating would be greatly appreciated. This is how you may help us grow and share our passion for photography!! In this eBook you can also find the links to our Facebook Groups - WePhoto and WePhoto Portrait. Come and join, invite friends to share and enjoy some of the best images from around the world.

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Special thanks and Credits Special thanks to Simone Vivaldo, Chief of WePhoto Minimal Page/Group, and his team ( Luca Carluccio, Nunzia De Feo and Prema Menezes) who helped me in selecting images, contacting authors and collecting materials. She is always available putting things together in the back office. Thanks to all authors who made this volume a great collection with their contribution. Thanks to our staff too, which is constantly managing and taking care of the group with its 11 thematic pages and online magazines.

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Thanks to my admin colleagues for their patient dedication. All this time that I have been away from the routine management of our network, they are the ones who manage everything for the group. I have no words to express my gratitude for the wonderful work they do every day with great passion and commitment.. WePhoto Network the Founder Mario BunÄ?uga

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Copyright All rights are reserved to WePhoto, Mario Bunčuga for this entire eBook and to single authors for their individual photographs included in the related chapters. This book can be downloaded for free and distributed freely only as a whole. The images and text are exclusive property of the authors who might authorize their use if they so wish, if contacted personally in advance. You may also order a print version coffee table book from our link through Peecho online print service. Any misuse or otherwise will be prosecuted through the prevalent rules on the subject of copyright. © 2015 WePhoto

© 2015 Riku Seigo

© 2015 Zucchi Lorenzo

© 2015 Chris Fraikin

© 2015 Lea De Meulenaere

© 2015 Luca Piccini Basile

© 2015 Solo Michele

© 2015 Christophe Staelens

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Minimal Una parola così “piccola” che nasconde un Mondo non visto. Infinite sfumature dei bellezza, di colori e forme. Il Mondo di MINIMAL è vasto, ricco di particolari e anche non ben definibile. Minimal può essere un paesaggio che guida lo sguardo in un unico punto, può essere una foto di Architettura, una “Street”, oppure qualcosa di così vicino a noi, un particolare che concentra l’attenzione, che “CREA” un immagine “MINIMAL”. Spero che questo mondo affascini voi, come affascina me, ed I bravissimi Autori. In today’s overly photographed world the simplistic style of minimal photography brings a big relief to the eye. Artistically speaking, minimalism depends on a single fundamental principle of keeping it simple every time using minimum amount of compositional elements, separated by shape, color, and line. Minimalism being a very subjective style is open to interpretations. It may convey a concept or an idea, provoke an emotional response, or provide a unique visual experience. You need an eye to create a minimalistic image so as to decide what all to include and what not to. This art compels you to view the world differently through the lens and challenges you to look beyond the obvious for hidden photographic opportunities. Mario Buncuga Novembre 2016

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ZUCCHI LORENZO Milano, Italy flickr.com/photos/shyish/albums


I was born in Parma, Emilia, where I lived for nearly 30 years. Thereafter I moved to Milan where I slowly started developing interest in photography, spending hours and hours exploring the suburbs over the weekends. I gave myself the nickname -Shy Photographer, paying homage to Jack Carroll’s novel. *winks* Later on I graduated to a level when photography coupled with traveling became my prime passion and I attempted to capture the soul of places I would visit. My eyes became impassioned about details in the things around us that were not easily visible at first sight. Now I am being recognized for my minimal style, even though I’d like to explore other fields of photography. 10


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RIKU SEIGO Taoyuan, Taiwan facebook.com/seigo.riku

我英⽂文不不好 請原諒我⽤用中⽂文介紹⾃自⼰己。 我開始攝影 其實是偶然間使⽤用iphone開始的。 我喜歡拍攝靜物 喜歡⻆角落裡靜靜說著⾃自⼰己的故事 的東⻄西。 椅⼦子 腳踏⾞車車 牆壁 窗⼾戶 ⼀一切舊舊的有著歷歷史的痕 跡。 我喜歡⽤用⼿手機拍照 隨意的⾏行行⾛走間拍下許多的瞬 間。


I began photography with the occasional use of iPhone camera to take snapshots and gradually I have seen this grow into a passion. I like to shoot still life, such as things in the corner silently telling their own stories. In my view a chair, a bicycle, a wall and windows - they all have old traces from their history that needs to be heard. I still love to take pictures with mobile phone during random walks and preserve those moments. 22


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LEA DE MEULENAERE Brussels, Belgium facebook.com/ldemeulenaere

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I was born in Brussels, Belgium. I am a teacher by profession and I teach Dutch language to adults. I've been raised with photography. My father was an amateur photographer. He developed and enlarged his photos and as a kid I helped him with different jobs. I started photography about 5 years ago as a tribute to my father who was very ill before he passed away. I prefer Minimalism because it is open to a lot of creativity. The simplicity in the art occupies space in my mind and I see things in a simple way. Small, insignificant things are very important in everyday life. You take notice of them and they will delight you. Seeing is the essence of photography in general. My motto is to first see, then shoot and be hopeful to get the best shot ever. My camera (I never go out without it) is my best buddy. I am administering various Minimalism groups on Facebook and that gives me an opportunity to see and judge different works and eventually learn from them. 34


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LUCA PICCINI BASILE Udine, Italy, facebook.com/luca.pb.37


I am from Udine and am 49. Initially, photography was just a means to show reality in another form, making it into an abstract, even if it was unrecognizable. Then, gradually, an innate (and unexpected, since at school time this had never been my thing) interest in geometry and architecture drew me towards Urban & Architectural Minimalism. 46


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SOLO MICHELE Venezia, Italy .facebook.com/solomichele


Born 52 years ago between the sea and the lagoon of Venice I always cultivated my passion for photography for the reminder of my travel moments, as a necessity of profession, or simply for pleasure. But deep inside of my heart I keep the colors and flavors of my homeland -unique and precious as a pearl in the jewelry- called Venice. My homeland is a rare combination of history, culture, traditions and people from distant origins, offering to the world its immortal fragrance. These ten shots being presented here are a part of the series "The Colors of Lagoon" that I captured during my most exciting trips into the color of everyday life. I considerer this as a heritage to all humanity. 58


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MARIO BUNCUGA Brescia, Italy wephotogroup.eu 500px.com/mariobunuga www.facebook.com/mario.buncuga flickr.com/photos/89699256@N00/

Adoro esplorare, attraverso la Fotografia, aspetti della Realtà che sfuggono. Gli adulti non sono abituati ad osservare. Ormai abbiamo una “rappresentazione della Realtà” personalizzata, unificata che non ci coinvolge, non ci attira, non ci stupisce più. Il Fotografo recupera la “visione” di un bimbo e riesce a stupirsi di fronte a questa meraviglia di luci, colori, ombre. “Minimal” per me significa addentrarsi nel PARTICOLARE, osservare, riuscire ad estrarre da un “campo percettivo” elementi di colore e di forma. Ed ogni volta che scatto, penso che potrei “avvicinarmi di più”, isolare maggiormente particolari, fino ad arrivare all’ ESSENZA dell’oggetto, ed ogni volta rimango deluso, rimpiangendo gli scatti che non ho fatto.


I love to explore through photography the aspects of reality that generally escape our sight. Adults are not used to observing. At later stages in life we claim to have had a better representation of reality, more personalized and unified, that does not involve us, attract us or surprise us anymore. The photographer rediscovers the "vision" of a child and manages to marvel at this wonder of light, color and shadows. "Minimal" to me means getting into a scene, observe, and manage to extract from a perceptual field the elements of color and form. And every time I shoot, I think I could "get closer" to isolate the desired elements even more specifically until I got the ESSENCE of the object. And every time I fail to do so I am vehemently disappointed. 70


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CHRISTOPHE STAELENS Ghent, Belgium flickr.com/photos/143575226@N05/


I live in Belgium, near Ghent. My wife’s birthplace is by the coast where my parents-in-law still live, and therefore I often go to the seashore. I always make time to go out and take pictures along the coast, oftentimes even crossing the border. There are some great objects good for minimal photography along the French coastline. I sincerely started taking photos only a year ago when a friend of mine suggested me to buy a dSLR over a compact camera that I was then owning. It didn’t take me long to experiment with ND filters and long exposures, because I always loved the silky water effect, the movement of clouds and the capture of time in a single frame… Lately, I have discovered some different aspects of photography such as street and architecture. But no matter what I am shooting, whether landscapes, people or buildings, unintentionally I would capture things as simple as possible. I’m honored to have a chance to share my photos with you. Feel free to follow me on Flickr, where I spend a lot of time and call it a great source of inspiration. 82


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