14 women – photographers and travelers join forces in one project, the first stage of which is to issue a charitable calendar dedicated to Africa. Get to know the MAMMA AFRICA 2019 project – a unique publication in every respect.
Dream about baobabs Let me start with the fact that I do not feel like the author of this calendar. That's why my photo is not in this publication. I am a relay, a connector, an energy that binds together. But to explain why this happened, I have to go back to the beginning, or sleep. Exactly a year ago, I dreamed about baobabs bathed in the sun. I woke up in a great mood, filled with enthusiasm and certainty that exactly what was about to happen. The dream developed until one day everything went together. I understood that Africa was calling me and that I had to do something for her. 14 Polish women in one charity project. A bold formula, because artistic and fashion photos cooperate with travel photography. Goal? Acquiring the means to purchase the most essential things – water, clothes, medicines and help for children from the oldest continent of the world. I wanted to prove that photography is not only aesthetic, but it can also be practical. – this is how the MAMMA AFRICA 2019 project is written by Alicja Anna Reczek, also known as White Alice
Charity calendar MAMMA AFRICA 2019 is a collective project. 14 Polish women, photographers, travelers and a joint publication, whose aim is to raise funds for the purchase of the most necessary things: water, clothes, medicines and help for children from the oldest continent of the world. This is not an ordinary publication, because artistic photography cooperates with fashion and travel photography . The bold selection was made by Rafał Chmielewski. Creative graphics were taken by Podgórski Design, and Anna Kowalska-Karpała and Zuzanna Fijałkowska are responsible for translations. The initiator and author of the whole undertaking, Alicja Anna Reczek, widely known as White Alice, announces that the next stage of the project will be exhibitions. The calendar includes photos by Katarzyna Widmańska, Joanna Wilińska, Iwona Aleksandrowicz, Agnieszka Motyka, Weronika Milczewska, Beata Banach, Sara Rogowska, Monika Kleist, Joanna Sidorowicz, Ezo Oneir, Katarzyna Bajda-Rusztowicz, Patrycja Dzwonkowska, and Malwina de Brade.
A seemingly unreachable connection, but possible
The MAMMA AFRICA 2019 project is also an unusual publication due to the scope of the presented photographs – here we can find not only artistic, but also fashion and travel photos in one calendar. The best of these standards are the three pictures presented below.
Travel photography: Monika Kleist
The photo was created in January 2018 on the island of Goree, during a trip to Gambia and Senegal. Goree Island, located near Dakar, was a slave trading base from the 16th to the 19th century. Here they were gathered, "segregated", stripped, beaten, separated from their families. This was their last place in Africa, before shipping across the Atlantic to South America, the Caribbean and North America. The island is a symbol for Africans, such as Oświęcim for Poles and Jews. When I was walking the streets of the island I had mixed feelings. Reverie over centuries of cruelty mixed with delight over the colors of buildings, the beauty of women, the openness of people. Suddenly, a young woman with a child in her arms emerged from behind the alley. She walked along a narrow, dusty street with a smile on her face, the sun was lighting her from above, and I was charmed by this view, fortunately I did not forget that I had a camera in my hand. She was phenomenal … and I'm happy that I wrote this moment in photography. – writes Monika Kleist
Portrait, artistic photography: Beata Banach
A portrait of my daughter Agata. The photo was created in 2017 in spontaneously. This is one of my favorite portraits where not only beauty, but also the character of the model is captured. Home studio, a relaxed atmosphere of photos with a person close to the heart without unnecessary entourage helpers is in my opinion the best recipe for a "real portrait". Such sessions bring me the most satisfaction. – Beata Banach writes
Fashion photography: Joanna Wilińska
- photography: Joanna Wilińska
- assistant: Michał Wuu Wsciekły
- model: Anna Jaroszewska
- retouch: Janek Kwiatkowski
- designer: Marta Urszula Galik / Galique
- makeup and stylization: Adriana Tobiasz
You can read more about the MAMMA AFRICA 2019 project on the page of the Mamma Africa 2019 project and the WhiteAlice profile .