Julia Poloni-Roma - Italia #3

We invite Julia Poloni from Brazil and big fan of Gremio to tell the story of her picture. 

Hi Julia, what did you do in Roma ?

I was in Rome for the first time on vacation and I fell in love with the city because I love history and architecture.

What did you choose to take this picture ?

I was going to meet the Coliseum and I saw a football game going on in the square. I noticed that the people who played seemed very humble and when I looked around I saw that there were backpacks and small suitcases in some corners of the square. I took the picture and then an old man told me that those men were refugees and were sleeping in that square.

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Can you  talk about this picture ?

I think this image is very strong because for me it is full of contrasts. The Colosseum is an imposing building, a ostentation, a place with constant visit of happy tourists on vacations. That simple square next door turned into the humble home of several men who see in the afternoon football game a reason to smile amid a situation of abandonment by the world.

What is your relation to the football ?

I love soccer. I'm a fan of my heart team, Grêmio, but I watch every type of match, besides practicing the sport too. I think football has the power to unite very different worlds.

Thanks a lot Julia !

Olivia Blondel-Cartagena - Colombia #2

Olivia Blondel is a french woman with a lot of interest. Here her website !

Hi Olivia, what did you do in Carthagena ?

I lived in Cartagena for five months while I was working on my graduate thesis in ethnography. I was working on a popular music from the Caribbean coast and this work gave me the opportunity to get to know a very interesting and not well-known part of this city.

What did you choose to take this picture ?

In the first months of my stay in Cartagena, I was living in a neighborhood far away from the center and I had to take a small bus twice a day to get to the historic part of the city. While I was in this bus, I was very attentive to all the details I could see throughout the windows. And this football field was just on my way home.


Can you talk about this picture ?

The fortification that you can see in the back of the field is a huge symbol for the city, which is often nicknamed as « La ciudad amurallada ». These walls remind all the colonial history of this city, which has been one of the main center for slavery in Latin America. It also still demarcates the historic part of the city which is a very strong social boundary. But at the same time, all the players that you can see on this picture are Black. They kind of reappropriate this space and at the same time they build a new tale of the city. Apart from all this, I also really like the movement in this picture : the boy running in one way and the little girl in the other way. Also, it took me a while to notice the three guys watching the game from the top of the fortification but I really like this detail too.

What is your relation to the football ?

I don’t know much of football … I used to have a bad representation of it, maybe because of the football industry. But I realized I knew nothing about it, and now I find beautiful the commitment of the supporters, all the songs around each team, the colors of it...Maybe I am more interested in the supporters than in the game...I don’t know, I’m still learning about it.

Thanks you Olivia for sharing !

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Ismaele Tortella -Misiones - Argentina #1

Pictures taken by Ismaele Tortella italian photographer since 5 years. 

Ismael, what did you do in Misiones ?

I did my master thesis with the indigenous communities Guaranì. It was an incredible experience, really hard to describe with words. I was one year with 5 different communities. I lived with them, sharing their life from eating together to hunting and fishing.

What did you choose to take this picture ?

This picture it was not programed. I was leaving with my moto but it started to rain. Due to this I decided to wait a little bit more. Some children started to play football under the rain and I was fascinating of this. The red soil of Misiones became really slippery when it is wet. It was really funny to see them jumping and pulling them self on the ground.


What is your relation to the football ?

It is complicate to ask to this question. I think that the football is an amazing team sport. Moreover, you need just a ball to play, you can use the streets of your town from the red soil of South America. You don’t need to buy expensive tools.

Thanks a lot for you answers !

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