This time of year we often reflect on our accomplishments in the last year. So we were delighted to see a blog post from photographer Giovanni Savino entitled My small, big achievement in 2012. Savino has just put his two-year endeavor, Thirty Three Doors, into a Blurb coffee table photo book. Thirty Three Doors was a self-financed photo documentary project Savino undertook to photograph the gorgeous and decaying home of Georgette Michelen, built by Georgette’s father in a small Dominican town:
My work was primarily motivated by a sense of impermanence I shared with Georgette; a feeling, perhaps a certainty, that this house and the marvelous mnemonic capsule it embodied wasn’t to last much longer due to Georgette’s age as well as to a brutal agenda of urban “modernization,” quite rampant in many Dominican cities nowadays.
Full of cracks and bursts of color, the photography captures the beauty and the deterioration of the family home. The photos, stitched together panoramas, are accompanied by Georgette’s thoughts and recollections.
It’s Savino’s hope that someone will step in and finance a restoration of the house. In the meantime, the photo book and website will serve as a preservation of the house as it is, in this time. Savino recently traveled back to the Dominican Republic and presented Georgette with a copy of the book:
As she turned the pages, almost in disbelief, her face glowing, she would only stop smiling to thank me over and over again for all my hard work and commitment.
Pick up a copy of Thirty Three Doors, and make sure to read Savino’s entire blog post for more insight into the project. It’s a tribute to the importance of starting, doing, and finishing the things that matter. Or, as Savino says, “this felt a damn good reason to keep doing what I had done for the past thirty years: tell stories worth telling, through my images.”