What do you see when you close your eyes?

A simple question was asked to a group of mostly young Ukrainian soldiers of a military base near Donetsk, prior their departure for the front line of the war. A polaroid was taken and their visions and dreams individually annotated on a diary. A photo portrait shot on the backdrop of a inner panorama of emotions, ranging from simple hopes, fears and wishes, to philosophical considerations. Farewell from people undertaking a life threatening journey to war while seeking for their ideal of peace.

With this work we are searching for a new way of recounting the war, focused on human beings rather than the clashes, in the attempt to get viewers better empathize with the subjects and therefore understand crucial aspects of the ongoing conflict.

Note: The pictures presented are the combination of the photographic reproduction of the actual diary pages (containing the original polaroid and the handwritten soldiers’ notes) plus the photo portrait, taken with a regular SLR camera.

War Dreams by Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni was presented for the first time by Slideluck, during the Triennale of Photography Hamburg.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

We always use an old fashioned and basic iMovie 08. We are very familiar with it and so we can focus on the work rather than learning the options of more sophisticated applications, not really useful for what we need.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

Jean-Marc is a musician, writing all the soundtracks for the videos, this makes the production process much easier, since we can keep all the multimedia creative process “in house”.

b. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Working as a team of two adds much dimension to our editing ideas on projects. We have to move constantly from one point of view to the other. That makes all the concepts more dynamic. It is not about reaching a “middle way” but to use reciprocal inputs to find the right perspective on how to tackle a certain photographic project and make them work as multimedia pieces. We embed the music and graphics very soon since one of us is more focused on creating music and the other more into graphics. These new elements converge simultaneously with the pictures and the video footage to create a piece that has a multilayered rhythmic approach.

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