Dominic Alessandra

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Wampanoag Ancestral Portrait August -2000

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I am seeking support to further my goal of creating a living portrait honoring the native spirit of Indigenous People in the Twenty First Century. I am accomplishing this endeavor by retracing the voyages of Captain James Cook, the greatest explorer of his time, who over 200 years ago set out with the noblest intentions from Whitby, England to chart the world's navigational routes that would take him in 3 voyages across 7 continents. Unbeknownst to him, proceeding into unknown and unfamiliar territories, Cook's direct contact with indigenous populations and native cultures would change the very nature of those cultures forever, as well as, the course of Western Civilization. My objective, through a photographic exploration is to uncover the descendants of the first contact to record their present story encouraging better understanding, cultural exchange, and world peace. For additional information to help in supporting this goal or about other projects please contact me at dominic@excite.com Please take the time to review the web site. To purchase Limited Edition Prints please call Millstone Editions at 781-641-1418. Your purchase of these prints will help fund this ongoing project. See further details under Contributors, Sponsorship.Thank you for your time and consideration...

Yours Truly, 

Dominic Alessandra

 

Where I Stand in the 21st Century is to secure the trust of those previously ignored or not taken seriously to serve to become an expression for the rights of citizens against indifference, governmental neglect, injustice, social discrimination and abuse. To rise above the contingency of time and place in order to uncover the nature of things to have compassion for those unjustly treated, taken for granted or not represented.
Photographically I can say I have been influenced early on by F. M. Sutcliff and Edward Curtis. The work of Juliet Margaret Cameron and a host of early 19th Century portrait photographers have left lasting impressions as well as many others from the 20th Century. I especially like Edward Stiechen and Alfred Stieglitz.
However, it would be more accurate to say that the strongest influence or direction in my photography is inspired from the work of Thomas Paine. The greatest political writer of the 18th Century wrote ?Common Sense?. His ideas helped to bring about the American Revolution by introducing equal citizenship and true representative democracy by the inclusion of commoners. His thinking contributed to breaking down the hypocritical world of the absolute rights of monarchy and the propertied class, ?the great who live profusely.?At a time when England was renown for liberty and good government, it also imposed the most barbarous criminal code where capital punishments were meted out against poverty to protect the status quo from intrusions on their property. ?Enclosure? was practiced to the extent that almost everybody else, those who served them dutifully, were increasing driven from the common land. No quiet enjoyment here! It reached such extremes that entire towns were moved when it interfered with a view from a bedroom window and the course of streams and rivers were altered for a ?cleansed? rural landscape.Paines? ideas restored to the rightful place representative citizenry so that it is the foundation of true liberty and democracy around the world. Today while we live in a world that is not 18th century England we do live in a world of globalization and exclusion. In some cases it is not unlike the ?enclosure? of old. Today the powers that be around the world from large corporations, special interests, large advertising firms, film, music and media industry support their causes, overexpose the glamorous and famous and nameless others try to sell their images to us every day. My goal is bringing ?common sense? in life into photography and to bring images honoring public virtue of a representative citizenry including all races and denominations, of native peoples, of ?commoners? restored to their dignity, to exercise their rights for their recognition and equal representation. My goal is creating images expressing representative faces and stories to stand out against the pervading faceless globalization, forever guarding life and nature against potential powerful takeovers, or glossy idol makeovers defrauding humanity. I stand against any progress or hype whenever unleashing hypocrisy and deception or when the power-hungry leads to a powerlessness or violence upon the world. I stand for the abolition of global despotism and ethnic cleansing and stand up for peace against warring nations under one God. A God that shows Truth, Life and Love is supreme over all.The Pax Corps was established for the 21st Century to encourage cultural exchange, respecting culture and maintaining spiritual tolerance, to build a bridge across diverse cultures ready to hold up the torch for light, life, and liberty. By making a bridge across diversity, we face not only each other in conversation and communication, but cross a bridge for better understanding, ready to combine strength of mind, body, and spirit in unity for facing the opportunities, challenges, and problems that confront us all. It provides an opportunity to be personally in touch with the world and people around us to be better informed in order that we can make a difference, offering to extend a hand to build a better world. My photography is the medium I have chosen to cross borders, boundaries, and barriers on this mission. What I hope to achieve is to bring that source of life that ?acknowledges soul and spirit? into art and bring that art, the ?reflection of a higher ground? back into life, To find more see about the Pax Corps?

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