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Martina Preti
'The Star Tower'
Sri Lanka // digital // Canon 550D // Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

"Taken from the much higher Ambuluwawa Tower in Sri Lanka, this image shows one of the most remote places I have been to. After trekking for many hours to get there, it was unbelievable to think that those towers were built centuries ago without the transport facilities available today."

'The Detached House'
Isola Bella, Sicily, Italy // digital // Canon 550D // Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

"Waking up surrounded by turquoise water. Looking upwards to see the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina and mount Etna. Being isolated but also walking easily to the main beach as soon as the low tide comes. This is what the house on Isola Bella promises."

My own work is self-labelled as documentary photography, out of a lack of a better title. By carrying a camera daily, I aim to embody the spirit of the Brownie in making the means to photography ready to me at every moment, without obstruction – by doing so, I can take a photograph of anything that captures my eye and interests me enough to preserve. Any of us can do this these days, with a camera readily available in our pockets around the clock – and many of us do so without even thinking about it. Next time you take your phone out to take a photograph, whether it is of your friends or of something that caught your eye, think about how you are participating in the act of documenting your life through photography. Make prints of your favourites, display them on your walls, share them with your friends and family. Follow the tradition of those who came before you and took their own snapshots documenting their lives. Everyone is a documentary photographer today, and this is a good thing.

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