Co-operative photographic projects have an advantage: the effort of each member, challenged regularly, leads to surprising results. We all know that our greatest successes in the area of photography and storytelling have been found when we have faced a challenge with other professionals.
Magicis has a very definite spirit, "Life belongs to those who risk", and I couldn't agree more. Recalling the major discoveries of humanity throughout the history, the conclusion is clear: those who do not risk, who remain motionless, get nothing. And that is why the challenges we propose in Magicis go beyond the simple photo shoot of funny things around us. We try to go a little farther than we think we can achieve.
I thank Vindee, Joanna and Erin for the quiet effort they have made on the first assignment, “A Day in the Life of a Charity”. With that first achievement, our little project has begun to take its first steps; hesitantly and slowly, towards the magic.
For my first assignment I chose to feature a leprosy sanatorium; "Fontilles association." I was accompanied by a professional team: A reporter, a camera man and myself as a photographer. I titled my story "Those lepers", and below are the most relevant photographs. Clearly, the long hours invested in my challenge and the relationships developed with those wonderful people has left a deep mark on me.