Commissioned work and Projects 

Dat ass Lëtzebuerg! Focus on Luxembourg’s UNESCO sites
Conception, editorial content and layout: Binsfeld
Publisher: Post Luxembourg

Photography by LaLa La Photo

www.binsfeld.lu

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Maison Moderne, Explorator 20th edition

Independent restaurant guide

Photography by LaLa La Photo

 

http://www.maisonmoderne.lu/media/explorator/

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Développement de la Formation Professionelle au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, book by Aly Schroeder

Series of portraits of trainees in Luxembourg to be featured in the book.

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beetles & bugs

Cool ethical design, to live, play and wear.

Autumn/Winter 2014 collection photoshoot by LaLa La Photo for beetles&bugs. Featured brands: Gray Label, Nununu, Booso, Mói, Popupshop

http://www.beetlesandbugs.com/en/

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MintMouse

Fashion for little ones

Product shoot featuring shoes by Emel sold by MintMouse. Photography by LaLa La Photo

http://www.mintmouse.lu

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nous sommes. mir sinn. estamos​.

 

During the year of 2013 we have been sketching the contemporary image of Differdange with our cameras - the multicultural, energetic commune where numerous events are organized by the local authorities, but also a lot is happening from the bottom-up initiated by its citizens. This is the place where the energy of the locals is shining through the industrial remains of the past.

 

As total strangers here, we were always greeted with friendliness and openness. However the act of photographing people creates a certain distance between the photographer and the subject. The fair amount of unfamiliarity allowed us to project our visions and ideas on the scenes photographed. Therefore it allowed us to capture the city underwater taken over by sea creatures or to catch on camera a young Batman appearing in the darkness…

 

Choosing moments out of their absolute normality, moments of strangeness taken away from their context, we want to encourage the viewers’ imagination to wonder. The decision what to fit into the frame and what to leave out enables us to spice up normal scenes with unexpected details.

 

While photographing children and youths of Differdange, we started to play with the idea of time itself and our contemporary image of the commune transformed into a vision of Differdange, where its past is jarring through the presence and is projecting its future.

The "nous sommes. mir sinn. estamos." project was initiated and had a chance to happen thanks to the Service Culturelle Differdange. In particular we would like to thank Réjane Nennig, Tania Brugnoni and Michel Pereira for their valuable advices, huge support and lots of work involved in the project. Words of gratitude are also due to the children and youths captured on the photographs, as well as their parents.

 

The photographs of this project are currently being exhibited at the regional cultural centre 'Aalt Stadhaus' in Differdange and acompanied by a book with all the images. A selection of images were also chosen to be displayed on 4x3m panels within the commune of Differdange.

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Veräin fir Waldorfpädagogik Lëtzebuerg asbl

 

During the summer of 2013, we created a body of work commissioned by the Waldorfschool Luxembourg featuring the daily life of the students during their school activities. The aim of the project was to create the visual image of the school and for promoting the philosophy of the school. The photographs were shown for the first time at the Oeko Foire 2013 in Luxembourg at their stand.

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Yileste

 

Photographs for Yileste, Luxembourgish clothing company, for their Summer 2012 collection.

Model: Florence Lodevic, Make up: Fabi Bruneel, Print designed by: Laurent Goergen, Hair: Eckhard Scissorhand, Jewellery: Vintage Fable, Bulow Jewellery

www.yileste.com

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Repas en pleine nature, Rotary Schengen-Mondorf-les-Bains

 

A selection of photographs covering a rotary event which took place in the park at the Chateau de Wintrange, completed with the publication of a book.

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Children of Zugdidi

 

Zugdidi - a Georgian city on the border with Abkhazia, a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. The status of Abkhazia is a main issue of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. The 1992-1993 War in Abkhazia forced thousands of Megrelian people living in Abkhazia to leave their homes and seek asylum in the neighboring regions, Samegrelo and Svaneti. Many of them rushed to the closest cities such as Zugdidi. As a result the population of Zugdidi has doubled from 60 up to about 120 thousand. Nearly 20 years later Zugdidi still remains the main center for Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Samegrelo and a base for Georgian soldiers stationed in Abkhazia.


Some of the displaced Megrelians were accommodated in new temporary homes in Samegrelo but also many were taking over abandoned buildings such as administration offices, old schools, hospitals or buildings assigned to them by the Georgian government. In many cases these buildings weren't adapted for living purposes. With time, the Georgian government started building so-called collective centers - residential areas assigned to the Internally Displaced People. However, the provided living conditions are still isolating IDPs from the other Megrelians living in the region and at the same time deepening their major problems - poverty, unemployment, marginalization and lack of perspectives to change their situation. Therefore many of the IDPs consider their situation as a temporary state, still living in the hope that one day they will return to their real homes in Abkhazia. The last two decades they have been living in an "in-between space", between their idyllic past and a possible future coping with the rough present reality. Despite years of negotiations the Abkhazian status dispute has not been resolved.


The inflow of a big number of people has had a remarkable influence on the whole Samegrelo region and its indigenous residents. From one day to another all the resources, jobs, living spaces, infrastructure… has to be shared by many more people. Zugdidi and the whole Samegrelo region got pauperized, which influenced reciprocal relations between the new-comers and the locals. At the moment the number of Internally Displaced People in Samegrelo and Svaneti region is estimated at over 86 000. Although the IDP and the Zugdidi's native residents, as Megrelians they share the same ethnic origin, the IDP are still marginalized and face many problems trying to integrate with the local community. This is also reflected in the situation of their children - living in the same city, they live in two different realities.


The children we photographed within the project live in Zugdidi. They represent both the IDPs as well as the native residents of the city. All of them were born after the 1992-1993 conflict in Abkhazia. The children of the new-comers have never seen their real homes in Abkhazia, although the image of their homeland is passed to them by their families. They were photographed in front of their temporary homes - collective centers and inhabited old buildings. The children of the native residents are students of a private school run by a local NGO called Atinati. They were photographed in Zugdidi's botanical garden, where the tracks of a well designed and maintained park, overgrown and forgotten today, witness the time of better prosperity of the city.


The "Children of Zugdidi" project was made possible thanks to the great help from Atinati - a non-governmental organization based in Zugdidi, which is supporting the Internally Displaced People in the region and the native residents in order to stimulate their activity, creativity and enterprise. Atinati runs a private school called Georgian Learning Centre which is providing an academic environment that encourages students to continue their education in universities. They also run a Foreign Language Learning Centre and a Computer Centre. One of the most successful projects of the organization is a radio station. It covers among other regions also Abkhazia, reaching 1,6 mln potential listeners. Atinati, as the most popular radio in the area, focuses on raising informational awareness of population and trust building in society.


Special thanks goes to: Rusudan Kalichava, the executive head of Atinati, for her great help and ongoing support in the project and to Tako Jvelia, a psychologist at Atinati, for devoting her time and sharing with us her knowledge in order to complete the project.

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Chinese Opera

 

Backstage scenes from Chinese Opera, known as Ngiew, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It's an outdoor venue, during which the opera troupe gets together to perform their show and travel all over southeast Asia. The Chinese Opera is noted for its colourful outfits and extensive make-up. Actors paint their faces in vivid colours. Each colour has a significant meaning: red means loyalty and courage, yellow symbolises ambitions, black - roughness and fear, white - evil and suspiciousness. The colours and make-up lines represent personalities and introduce characters, but also tell good and evil, distinguish beauty and ugly. In the background the traditional Chinese string and percussion instruments provide a strong rhythmic accompaniment to the acting. The tradition of the Chinese Opera reaches to the third century AD.

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Children of the Sun

 

Deak Kum Pa Orphanage in Luang Prabank

 

"Deak Kum Pa Orphanage is situated in Luang Prabang, a town of 40,000 residents in the centre of the northern regions of Laos. For all of its beauty, Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world. Decades of conflict have earned Laos the title of the most bombed country in the world. However, it is a population with strong Buddhist beliefs and despite its turbulent history, all who have visited Laos will agree that people are the warmest most welcoming you will meet anywhere in the world.
For these reasons, Deak Kum Pa is now home to over 500 children and this number is increasing. The orphanage also operates as a school; situated on the edge of the town, the very basic brick and concrete dormitories and school classrooms are set in grounds reached by dirt road and a wooden bridge.
With the inclusion of the very basic school services at Deak Kum Pa, these children can in some small way be considered fortunate; however the school is severely in need of additional staffing, resources and equipment.
The orphanage consists of children ranging from 6-17 years old and several young adults still reside in the orphanage, up to 21 years of age, as they simply have no other home."

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Interior and Architecture

 

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