Michael Vincent Manalo is a photographer and a digital mixed-media artist. His work is inspired by the imagined memories of nostalgic and dream-like environments; his works documents their decline into post-apocalyptic and nightmarish creations.
We at GWD like to have different perspectives when we look at things; it could be a good wine so we ask for friends suggestions, it could be a bold tie so we like to get inspired from the streets for instance.
So when it comes to Pitti we are sure just our eyes and camera are not enough to capture the explosion of beauty and inspiration which fill those four Florentine days.
Like we did last year with Goodfellas IMP, we partnered with some young and talented photographers both to give them the chance to show off their cool work to GWD Fam and for us to have a different view of the fair.
To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.
Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.
“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”
After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.