The terrible charm of Lake Volta in Jeremy Snell’s shots

The terrible charm of Lake Volta in Jeremy Snell’s shots

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

There are fascinating places that even if we make an effort we would not be able to imagine. Sometimes, those same places, behind their beauty, hide terrifying aspects, stories that we would never want to hear about, but that we have to know.

“What you see is snapshots

of what might be paradise: 

silhouettes of earth, flesh and wood 

framed eternally in the psyche.”

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

One of these places is undoubtedly Lake Volta, Ghana. It is the largest artificial lake in the world, which took shape in the 1960s following the construction of the Akosombo Dam, about two hours drive north of Accra. From the dam, going up towards the center of the country, Lake Volta developed over a length of 550 kilometers – about the distance between Milan and Rome, to be precise – drawing water from several tributaries with wonderful names such as Tɔkɔ, Fra and Amutosisi and overwhelming what was on its way.

«But Lake Volta is new and its birth was – and still is – a big change. There are people alive who can remember walking to farms that now sit at the bottom of the lake. It is as though we have the mythical Atlantis right here within our borders and all its riches beneath the surface of this new lake with old souls lurking beneath the song of its lapping.» – Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Today for Ghana, Lake Volta is in many ways the country’s main livelihood: it is the main source of irrigation for the rice paddies that grow around it; its water, which drives the dam’s turbines, produces most of the energy needed to support the local aluminium industry; it plays a fundamental role for breeding and, above all, for fishing.

Here, on the silent shores of this still-surfaced lake, Jeremy Snell has realized his latest photographic project entitled “Boys of Volta“. The American photographer has always used his camera to analyze and explore the surroundings. As a child, during his childhood, the places where he lived were at the center of his vision, and over time his attention has focused on stories about faraway populations, linked to different and not so well-known cultures.

This desire to discover, to tell through images, brought him to Ghana, on the banks of Lake Volta, where every day the colors of the sky and of the surface of the water hide a terrible reality.


The shots of “Boys of Volta” show young children and teenagers who seem to spend their days peacefully, but who have actually been sold and exploited for fishing.

«They are completely unselfconscious as the sun illuminates their faces, making them reflections of shades of earth, flesh and wood, with glints of blinding light.» – Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Children, especially the youngest, agile and fast in movement, are chosen by the fishermen because they are the only ones able to move between the trunks and branches of the trees that populate the bottom of the lake and between which the fishing nets get stuck. Every day, from dawn to dusk, thousands of children dive relentlessly trying to save the nets and sometimes, more than we would admit, the lake takes them forever.

Jeremy Snell’s cinematic shots manage to tell the rawness of this place, where the children seem to be one with the dark water, where their slender silhouettes face the strength of Lake Volta, a 550 kilometre scar.

Boys of Volta” is also a book, pre-ordered here, and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the NGO International Justice Mission.

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Ugur Kayan, NSFW and provocative photographs

Ugur Kayan, NSFW and provocative photographs

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

Ugur Kayan is a Turkish freelance photographer based in Istanbul that produces intense and exuberant NSFW shots. In his work the woman’s body and its expressive potential are the central focus, they are the subjects and protagonists of the photographs.
His style and aesthetics unashamedly reveal the sensual aspect of bodies, they are disturbing, allusive and provocative images that lay bare both the performer and the viewer.

His works are exuberant, lively and disorienting, part of a broad and sexualized view of the world and a primal expression of creativity.
Ugur Kayan plays with reflections, contrasts, colors, the seduction of sight unseen and explores the intense contention between light and shadow. Ugur is the founder of White Magazine, an online magazine on NSFW photography.

See a selection of his work here and follow him on Instagram.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week, we have selected your 10 best proposals: @carla_sutera_sardo, @kevin.ponzuoli, @kickxiia, @kryvoruchkoelen, @impolite___, @samros___, @_slightlyoutoffocus_, @wonmin.9, @zero.source, @romins.tears.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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Giangiacomo Pepe’s erotic intense shots

Giangiacomo Pepe’s erotic intense shots

Buddy · 2 days ago · Photography

Giangiacomo Pepe is a Genoese photographer who loves to take black and white photographs of explicit nudes with a strong visual impact. Natural shots and provocative cuts discover, under the light captured by his camera, the daily and intimate gestures of each woman, showing us how sometimes provocations are behind simple gestures.

Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
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Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe - Foto di nudo in bianco e nero
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
Giangiacomo Pepe's erotic intense shots | Collater.al
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The hypnotic photographic portraits by Jake Wangner

The hypnotic photographic portraits by Jake Wangner

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

Jake Wangner is a young American photographer who creates hypnotic analogue portraits. His career began in 2010, at the age of fourteen, and has not stopped since. This is his only certainty.

“In 2010 I had my first pay day. I took photos and video of a graduation at the high school my mom taught at in Keller, Texas. I sold DVD’s to the parents and made enough money to convince my 14-year old self that this was my lifetime career.”

Jake Wangner is a creative, original and thoughtful photographer who produces beautifully crafted analogue shots. Playing with colour, light, timing and double exposure, he creates powerful, dynamic and sensitive images.

Colour plays a fundamental role in his work, the choice of one shade rather than another has a consequence on the whole result of the shot. Colours convey different energies, emotions and moods and each combination produces a unique effect. His photographs are a mirror in which to look at oneself, prompting the viewer to confrontation and self-analysis.

Jake Wangner has also recently published a book of photography and poetry entitled alone, together, which can be purchased on his personal website.
See a selection of his shots here, follow him on Instagram and visit his website.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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