‘1st Prize Daily Life Stories - Fausto Podavini/Italy - Mirella - June 1, 2012, Rome, Italy. Despite her husband’s life-threatening disease, Mirella devoted her life to assisting Luigi, trying to be positive and reassuring, looking after him with intense love and respect. Everyday care, usually done in a few minutes, takes hours when it concerns someone with dementia. Mirella, 71, spent 43 years of her life with the only person she loved, with all of life’s difficulties, laughter, and beautiful moments. But over the last six years things changed: Mirella lived with her husband Luigi’s illness, Alzheimer’s, and devoted her life to him as his caregiver.’
Photography has become such a cheap and democratic medium these days. It allows even very young people to become artists. Irene Armesto is one such person. At age 22 she sports great vision and imagination.
Irene manages to do something special; instead of capturing movement in her pictures, she creates it. Normally static scenes become very dynamic in the lens of her camera. By that, she creates a feeling uneasiness and tension. There is a lot of suspense in the stories she tells and the people are like ghosts of characters from Hitchock’s movies. They are very intense and seem like they want to tell you something but cannot.
Irene’s photographs seem timeless, they feel as if they have been shot years ago. It is quite an incredible feat, coming from a person this young.