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30 photos for a global image to sum up my last 8 years in Africa.

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Mar
21

javier-acebal-portfolio-14Sometimes it’s a good idea to stop for a moment, have a look at the last few years and make the exercise of writing down in a paper or collecting the images and moments that were important for us in any way, and then take a look again at the result! Personally, I think it is a way to remember things that sometimes, forced maybe by the everyday routine, we forget.

So, I did it. I checked ALL the photos I’ve published in Ancorpiu and I made a folder with at least one picture of these important moments. There were many more than I expected so I had to choose 30 for sharing them with you: this is kind of a portfolio for my last eight years. There are other kind of photos I do (commercial, news, events…) but I prefer to focus on those I have already published on this website (in fact, I don’t like to mix a photo of a Minister with a plate of shrimps!).

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Spanish cooperation: change and impact

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Jul
05

Spanish embassy in Dakar

Coopération espagnole: changement et impact (spanish cooperation: change and impact) is the title the Embassy of Spain in Dakar together with AECID have chosen for a series of three exhibitions to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish cooperation. Each exhibition is comprised of ten photographs displayed on the walls of the embassy and consulate of Spain in Dakar, located in a quiet street with a large flow of pedestrians. The first exhibition will be on display in June and July (will be removed due to the rainy season) and will return with a second exhibition in November when the 25th anniversary meeting will take place. read more

Senegalese wrestling: the mystical sport.

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Apr
08

Wrestling is the national sport in Senegal. Sculptural black bodies fight for a prize that years ago used to be rice, a woman, a piece of land or honor and now has become into thousands of dollars and glory for the best ones. But the most important part of the Senegalese wrestling – the magic – still remains intact from the origins of the sport and therefore the Marabouts keep preparing different good-luck charms, potions and spells to enforce and bless the fighter.

These Photos are the beginning of a project with the aim of showing the life around wrestlers. Here you can find the first photo selection: The ritual before the fight.

Senegalese wrestler

Photographer based in Dakar.

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Mar
28

Then now, just work on my promotion! Mailing, calling, visiting, writing articles… all those task that photographers hate.

It’s been around 10 months since the last time I posted on this site and a lot has happened since that. A year in Spain, felt like way too much time within the same borders, and I started to think about the path I had to follow, tryting to make up my mind. I could just let myself flow with the bad and pesimist crisis atmosphere or stop that apathy and keep fighting for what I love, keep walking.

And I have not only walked, I jumped!

Avoiding all those bad statistics, and all this conversations with friends looking at you like if you were going bananas when talking about investing… I bought a new shining professional photography gear, and I left Spain.

Destination: Senegal (Dakar). Reason why: I just love Africa, and Senegal is a quiet country, very well connected to all the neighbours in West Africa. What does it mean?: I can go anytime to The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea…

So now I just have to promote myself (spreading the word: Photographer based in Dakar!!) and work hard. By now you can find below the promotional brochure (without video) that I have sent to my mailing list (you can join my mailing list here).

I promise I will update the website much more often… Now I have plenty of reasons to do it!

Within a few days I will poublish some pictures from Senegales weddings and a new fresh section with a beautiful surprise for the eyes and the senses… huge posters!

Don’t miss it!

Javier Acebal: photographer and graphic designer based in Senegal, west Africa.

Wallpaper: May & June. Cat.

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May
01

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The prop

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Apr
11

This is a project group called the Prop. The idea began as a design project in college and inspired a group of friends to dream. Though the ideas have evolved, at the core it has always been about multiplying the impact of ordinary people like us.

There’s more good going on in the world than ever before, but still so much to do. By connecting the efforts, ideas, and passions of people already making a difference we see the potential for increasing their impact exponentially.

They believe everyone wants to change the world, but very few are convinced they can.  The truth is it will take all of us.  Call it a thousand points of light, small things done with great love, or the creative dedicated minority. read more

International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

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Apr
04

IGVP is a collaborative peacemaking movement owned by every contributing member as well as the photographic subjects themselves, ultimately producing mutual respect and peace in contexts of endless diversity.

Throughout history people have fallen into the trap of making enemies with, demonizing, stereotyping, and fighting the “other.” There has been a flood of conflict based on ethnic, cultural, and religious identity in the post-cold war era that has ended the lives of millions, destroyed economies, and torn apart families.

Much of this has been fueled by the growing availability of technology, especially photography and videography. While the written word carries an expectation for honesty, there is a void regarding the ethics of images due to their subjective nature. This void has opened the door for photographers to exploit people’s desire to confirm their thoughts about the “other”—mobilizing innumerable people towards slander, violence, and other fear-based responses.

Since 9/11, conflicts between Muslim cultures and western cultures have been growing in intensity. There are deep misunderstandings and stereotypes that are producing widespread fear and anger.

The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) was created to build bridges of peace across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines through visual communication that is both accountable to an ethical standard and created by those who authentically care about people.

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Tools for working on projects online.

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Mar
25

Tools for working in on-line projectsIf you are working on a project and you and the other project members find yourselves at opposite ends of the world, or if you work from abroad, these tools for working on online projects are essential.

Thanks to the internet the world is communicating more. The ease with which can connect via the web is creating new work possibilities and new work forms and customs: Today it is possible to work on projects where team members are separated by thousands of kilometers.

However, it can be difficult to establish efficient and fluid communication with project co-workers- this may hinder the efficient organisation and development of the project.

Instant Messaging

Instant messaging is quite a controversial tool as far as working methods go, however personally it has proven handy in certain moments, especially when finding myself in places with a terrible internet connection or where some of the participants were not working in their mother tongue. In addition in certain cases it is more convenient to be able to exchange comments from time to time while one is working rather than sending an e-mail full of little notes.

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Website: NGO Enfance et paix (Senegal)

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Mar
13


NGO: Enfance et paix

Author: Javier Acebal

Created in 2008 to enfanceetpaix.org, is just uploaded again after a year offline.
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The importance of the text styles.

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Mar
10

The majority of writers are unaware of the style properties of their word processor and their great importance in word processing. Find out more about styles.

This article is for:

To writers in general, but especially to those who will go on sending their work to editors and or graphic designers. If you are author of any type of written work (doctoral thesis, articles, books) you should invest a moment of your time to read, understand and practically apply this: it will be very useful to you as well as to those that will contribute to your work. The majority of authors that I know suffer from a quasi-pathological apathy when it comes to word processing programs. According to them it is enough to write using  word and to save what they write without knowing how or at times where. In addition they tend to be in the habit of changing fonts, sizes and colors in such a way that after trying to render the text pretty the result is usually a fragmented and ramshackle file in the style of I don t know what size to use for the title ,  should it be this or that color or  the space before the beginning of the paragraph should it be 4 or 5? until at the end nothing is left that resembles a coherent form.

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Wallpaper: March & April. Sea at Tangier.

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Mar
09

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Interview: Mario Mattei

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Mar
07

Mario Mattei, visionary, social entrepreneur, independent photographer, & family man. He is the President, Creative Director, & Co-Founder of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers.

Mario is passionate about peacemaking, justice, Jesus, visual arts, & the written & spoken word. He is drawn to storytelling & it’s power to create meaning, to document, entertain, guide, and to connect humanity. Mario is native to the U.S. but resides in Turkey with his supportive wife, Angela, & three small children.

What kind of photography do you enjoy most and feel most comfortable shooting?

I enjoy photographing all sorts of people, cultural events, everyday life, our common humanity, and subjects who work well in front of a camera. If there is a story unfolding before me, I like to cover it visually, from establishing wide shots, to interaction or gesture shots, portraits, close ups, and iconic images for the moment or story.

I actively seek out stories that bear witness to beauty, peace, and hope amongst known areas of tension, mistrust, or stereotypes.

I do like the challenge of working for NGO clients, understanding their mission and vision and capturing their story with my own creative vision. read more