Does It Go Beyond? Gallery

Sicily,  Italy 2007

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® Bob Cocozza

I continue to follow Ernesto’s advise of returning to the same place. So, I again find myself back in Sicily. I feel I am spending enough time here to almost call this wonderful Island, rich with warm and generous people, my second home. Was the third time the charm? Who knows… Check out this year’s photos and decide for yourself. One thing is for sure: the more you photograph the same subject, the more challenging it becomes to add new and interesting images. Bob Cocozza




® Chris Mika

While we were sitting in the garden in the warm Sicilian sunshine after a three hour lunch of typical regional food with Ernesto’s family and friends, I noted that Ernesto’s workshops are more than just photography, they are also about life, people, culture and customs. During this workshop Ernesto shared with us his color work from the Cuban countryside. I loved it and although I barely saw it, quickly over someone’s shoulder. My impression was that although they still have the visceral qualities of his black and whites, he has worked out some of his existential angst. Maybe it comes from the nurturing one does as a parent. Anyhow, I hope one day to be able to really see the pictures again. Sicily was my second workshop. In Peru, I learned about the importance of every element in a photograph and the relationship between the photographer and the photographed. I was able to make a few passable images quite easily. In Sicily, I was taught a more difficult but more valuable lesson: the lesson of humility. I also learned that photography or any form of creative expression is not easy and requires sensitivity, dedication, perseverance and hard work. Next time. Chris Mika

P.s. I prefer your photos to Koudelka’s: they have more soul.


® Daniele Coricciati

I have lived in a parallel dimension. It took me several days in order to tune in with the world surrounding me. It was worth it… I’ve rediscovered sensations that I hadn’t felt in a while… Sicily is similar to Salento, my land… Ten unforgettable days devoted to photography. Hundreds of shots: three photographs… Strong emotions…Intense memories… I understood that for me photography is a necessity. Ernesto thanks. Till the next one. Daniele Corricciati




® Juan De la Cruz

The photo sessions hunting decisive moments are, at least for now, over. We are now reviewing our results under the maestro’s supervision. I can assure you the experience lived among the group of eleven people, that before the workshop didn’t know each other, speaking different languages and of different ages, living under the same roof next to the Mediterranean, as if we were part of a reality show, has been by far even more intense that the photographic experience in itself (which it was great). Today, during my encounter with the city of Trapani, I run into the devil. It was 7am, and after loading a roll of film in my camera I raised my glance and he was sitting on a car’s hood, smoking a cigarette, all dressed in black, under the shining sun. I knew it would have happened. He never rests; he’s always trying to intimidate me, to confuse my path towards the light. He told me:” You are not going past from here. Give up photography.” He knows perfectly well that today I won the battle, but not the war. Ernesto, my guide, has shared with me the hearth of the island that saw his birth. The trilogy is over; Oaxaca, Tlacotalpan, Sicily. Juan de la Cruz



® Judy Babinsky

About once a year, I hear Ernesto’s siren song pulling me away from my everyday world. The anticipation varies from year to year. I suddenly find myself on a plane to Peru or Trapani. And then everything happens so fast. Too soon, it’s time to leave. And what have I accomplished? I ate lots of great pasta and olive oil good enough to drink. But getting good pictures is so frustrating. So many days with images that just don’t cut it. It is so difficult to really capture what I feel. But I will keep trying and come back again and again. Judy Babinski




® Lorenzo Martelli

More than a month has gone by since those Sicilian days. I realize, in a way that becomes always more evident, of the intensity of the experience that I lived, being able of discerning between a before and an after significantly distant from one another. The workshop hasn’t been a point of arrival in my personal photographic search, on the contrary it has been a point of departure and I’m aware that the road that I’m about to take up is definitely going uphill. But what I found in those (relatively few) days are the most profound motivations that are pushing me to make the choice of becoming a photographer, motives that go well beyond my actual conception of what photography is all about. I have no intention of repeating things that have been said by others, no matter how important the emotions and the sensations can be. I just feel like saying thank you Ernesto and thank you to all the other students with whom I shared this experience. Ernesto first had had the intuition that our group would have been a special one: heterogeneous, each one of us with a different identity and aspirations, but capable of triggering rare alchemise, of being road companions for only ten days, a fragment of life dense with emotions. I went back home with only a few images but, where there wasn’t form, with precious memories that will never fade away. The perfume of Sicily will stay on my skin for a long time still. Lorenzo Martelli



® Sara Dominici

Looking for photography, discovering once again life. Photography will come back, its bones strengthen by life. Thanks to all the people in the course, and thanks to you, Ernesto. You all helped me to remember how bright and happily unpredictable this life can be. Sara Dominici






® Tea Karvinen






® Tristan Lark

The workshop in Sicily was excellent and has helped me tremendously with the composition of my images. The portfolio review at the beginning of the workshop was a great way to start and cut down my folio to a meager selection. Ernesto has the ability to cut to the chase and tell you instantly what elements are working within a photograph and which are not. He has taught me to look differently at moments that grab you and to find ways to frame interesting situations that add to their depth and significance. From Ernesto I learned to scan the frame for what’s going to ruin your image and compose accordingly. It was a case of looking not just at what’s in front of you, but also at what else is around and using it to justify the whole frame. The daily reviews of the previous days shooting were superb and helped us sharing everybody’s vision and to be inspired. We all fed off one another images, and all realized that shooting street life is a lot of hard work. At the beginning, I was cut down with a harsh edit, but I used the ten days to piece myself back together and have come away with new eyes. Tristan Lark





® Willem Kujpers





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