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

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

Giulia Guido · 10 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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The best microscope photos of 2021, according to Nikon

The best microscope photos of 2021, according to Nikon

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

Nature scares me. It scares me simply because it still has too many mysteries, plants, bacteria, insects that I don’t know how they are made. What do the wings of a butterfly look like? What does a louse look like? What does a mold look like? I mean, what are they like really?
The only way to clarify some of the mysteries of nature is to look at it through a microscope, and at that point thanks to a lens a world of colors and shapes opens up, which in many cases only increase the fear for every tiny insect. The frightening charm of these micro-photographs is celebrated every year by the Nikon Small World Photomicrography, the photographic contest now in its 47th edition and organized by Nikon, which in recent days has unveiled the best photos of 2021.
The winner was the image of an oak leaf, created by superimposing two hundred photos then edited in post production, to bring out a surface, which looks like the ground of a lost planet millions of light years away from us, but more likely it is above your head, in the backyard.
“Nikon Small World was created to show the world how art and science come together under the microscope. This year’s first place winner could not be a better example of that blend,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments.

Here are some of the most beautiful photos of 2021.

Fotografia microscopica | Collater.al
Fotografia microscopica | Collater.al
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Fotografia microscopica | Collater.al
Fotografia microscopica | Collater.al
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Photos of erotic posters in Naples in the ’70s

Photos of erotic posters in Naples in the ’70s

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

I know perfectly the city where I was born and where I have always lived. I could go anywhere following the fastest route, they could even blindfold me, leave me in any corner of the streets and I would immediately recognize the place where I am. There is only one street where I have never passed, near the station, where a red and white sign announces the presence of a porn cinema.
In all the years I’ve passed through the intersection from which the sign is visible, I’ve always had a kind of dread in turning my gaze, not so much out of shame, more out of fear of seeing something I shouldn’t have. As if expecting to find a movie set along the sidewalk, or a poster that didn’t leave much room for imagination.

Rosalba Russo | Collater.al

Tales from generations past speak of that cinema as a 18-year-old momentum (or earlier if you were lucky), in a season of conquering sexual freedom and opening up to a range of images that, judged by the thermometer of the time, could be defined as obscene. In this same climate, in a brief period from the late ’70s to the early ’80s, Marialba Russo‘s photographic work in Naples began.
The streets in those years began to fill with posters of hard films, and it is precisely the attractive charm of those works that lead Marialba Russo to photograph them secretly, from a distance, fleetingly or leaning out of the roof of her Due Cavalli.

Rosalba Russo | Collater.al
Rosalba Russo | Collater.al

The illustrations of those flans, collected in a beautiful book published by NERO Edition entitled Public Sex (2020), seen today are demure pornography, but at the time they were the sign of a split in a Catholic and patriarchal morality. Marialba Russo documents it through the collection of illustrations of adolescent and non-adolescent dreams, which a few years later are eliminated and in the years surpassed by an all you can eat pornography.
The collection is a work that is difficult to catalogue, if it were not for the fact that the pornographic genre in those years began to insinuate itself into other genres such as comedy, thanks to the stardom of actresses who also remained in the stories of those eighteen year olds mentioned a few lines above.

I look at Marialba Russo’s work and think back to the tic that leads me, at almost 30 years of age, to still dodge the sign for the cinema Roma, as if it were that soft-porn scene from the film that was on TV while I was on the couch with my parents. It is the documentary importance of the photographs that determines their value, in years in which much more imagination was needed to imagine the pleasure, it was enough not to look away from the street.

Rosalba Russo | Collater.al
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Maud Chalard, a sensory photographer

Maud Chalard, a sensory photographer

Collater.al Contributors · 3 days ago · Photography

The photographs of Maud Chalard recount a generation in constant search of independence and escape. Class of ’89, this French artist easly represent a sweet universe, frozen in time, enjoying nature, art and poetry.

Her subjects, naked and sensual female bodies, live in bright and uncontaminated environments, travelling towards freedom and telling of a clear and sweetened world.

Illuminated by a warm morning light, the photographs of Maud Chalard activate all the senses: they are as clear as bell, salt like the sea, they smell of liquorice and chamomile, have the sound of the wind and are as soft as skin.

Her compositions, without adjustments or staging, are a sensible hymn to youth.

Follow her on official website and Instagram.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 1 day ago · Photography

InstHunt is a selection of Instagram images that we have found on Instagram during the week and that we will propose to you every Friday.

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: @rubencaeiropjoto, @valerycia, @fuocoescintille, @my_perfect_little_world, @_barbarac__, @jacopo_cerchi, @imagenationparis, @stefanodoffizi.ph, @cristian.perra, @mahirtasyurt.

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

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