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The Adventures of Ness, Griff & Mini-e

 

The Adventures of NESS, GRIFF & MINI-E in Lebanon

For the past 15 Years and more, starting around the year 2000, shooting natural landscapes in all Over Lebanon, throughout the seasons has been a regular activity, solo, with organized hiking groups, or long car trips, literally crisscrossing the entire Lebanon, from south to north, from the eastern mountain range to the coast, from the deep valleys to the mountains top. Photoshooting started with the Negative film rolls, then moved on to digital photography, and entered the age of the internet, social media and smart phones.

Slowly Lebanon started to feel too small, yet still it was challenging to shoot similar landscape in different season, or with the perfect sun orientation for an ideal light. In addition sharing and promoting local landscape became every person's goal over social media.

Spending a year in the UK, I visited the Scottish highlands and in particular the Loch Ness, which was a childhood dream destination for me!  There I bought the stuffed Loch Ness monster which I named Ness. During another visit to the Welsh capital Cardiff, I bough the stuffed dragon or griffin, the symbol of wales and named it Griff.  Finally Mini-e joined the family after a visit to Brussel's miniature Europe Park.

 

Back to Lebanon

The concept of the Adventure of Ness, Griff & Mini-e in Lebanon, started to emerge with multiple aims:

     -As a social experiment, to observe the passer by's reaction seeing a middle aged man walking or carrying stuffed animals and shooting them in various locations, ranging from urban setting, archeological sites or natural landscapes.

     -As an artistic tour de Force, when adding Ness, Griff & Mini-e to pristine landscape and try to maintain the artistic value of the shot is the challenge.

     -Reaching a much wider audience on different fronts:

           -Young kids with their rich imagination can related faster to those specific location, fall in love with a specific scenario and keep hold of it till they have the chance to visit it.

           -Grown-ups cannot be neutral to such artworks, with two distinct reactions: either they leap into their childhood with a big overwhelmed smile, or they take the offensive and serious side, labelling the artist as childish who is demeaning their mind with such works!

          In both cases it is a winning situation for all, the art, the artist as well as the locations!

 

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