The Velvet Rocket
The Velvet Rocket focuses on a mix of conflict and travel, but also endeavors to blend in the bizarre, the beautiful and the interesting for good measure. Long-suffering readers will discover that The Velvet Rocket is also about the personal sometimes as its editor and correspondents seem unable to refrain from talking about themselves on occasion…
“Emir” has reported for us from Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic throughout the course of that conflict. As he mingles with both sides and sends us material that would certainly get him accused of being a spy, Emir wishes to maintain his anonymity. So, I have not used his real name or published a picture of him.
I’m a proud half-German born in Mexico, but by some stroke of luck now find myself enjoying the sun and dodging Lamborghinis in Dubai. I’m a journalist and I love to travel, but would love to do more of both. Prior to Dubai I spent a year in London getting an MA and conducting a thorough anthropological study of London’s lovely pub creatures. Before that I worked for Reuters TV in my home town of Mexico City – which is and always will be my favourite place on earth. I also used to cover City Hall and the NYPD for Reuters in New York City and worked on the Latin American TV Desk in Washington DC. I’ve eaten mystery meat from street stalls – and gotten sick – across Latin America. I’ve written about everything from Mexico’s drug trafficking scene to art fraud to dog grooming. I’m an avid student of history and in my spare time I’m working – rather unsuccessfully – on my surfing.
Born and raised in Rome, I started traveling at a young age through Eastern Europe with my father shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. These early experiences fostered my interest in visiting destinations that are unheard of or simply viewed as unusual. A bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages in Rome and a master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation in London helped open more doors for me by allowing me to communicate with far more people than simply those in my native language. This deeper exposure to people from different countries and very different backgrounds sparked an interest in photography for me as I wanted to capture these unique people and places I love interacting with. I now work as a freelance photojournalist with a focus on areas of conflict.
Aside from her association with The Velvet Rocket and her freelance work, Eleonora is a regular contributor to LiberoReporter.
You can follow her on Instagram here.
I am of the opinion that goats and accordions are wildly underappreciated. I love watching displays of excess. I used to work for an investment bank in the City. I’m a sucker for camo. I can be inconsistent, but I’m not a flake. I’d like to have a beer with Peter Thiel, Edward Luttwak, Bill Bonner and Simon Mann. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I do not always succeed. I love speed (the Ferrari kind, not the chemical kind). I can knowledgeably discuss topics ranging from wavelength division multiplexing to chainsaws to coup attempts by mercenaries in resource-rich African countries to Napoleon’s campaign across Europe. I’m a damn good shot. I like classic French literature. I am able to fly an airplane or ride a motorcycle and to do it well (most of the time). I enjoy comedy shows. I was voted “Most likely to win the Indy 500″ by my graduating class in high school. I believe in an ambitious space program, conservation and maintaining a high savings rate. It’s almost impossible to embarrass me, so don’t bother trying.
Publications That Have Utilized My Work Include:
Il Giornale: Gli Occhi Della Guerra (The Eyes Of The War)
War Is Boring
The Post Internazionale
World Archaeology Magazine
Orca Book Publishers
Television/Film/Radio (Interviews Or Have Utilized My Work) Include:
Channel 4 (UK)
Discovery Channel (pilot episode)
Stirile Pro TV
Dead Sea Films
Beach House Pictures
ROLANDIA (Ambassadors of Romania program)
Bio-Design – Experiments Beyond Mimicry for New York’s MoMA and Thames & Hudson
On the Cross Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity
The New Institute, Rotterdam
Dates: September 27, 2013 to January 26, 2014
Museum of Tolerance | Los Angeles (permanent exhibit)
Islam Across Asia: Art Practices/Cultural Politics
Master of Calligraphers Sultan ‘Ali Mashhadi: The Art and Culture of Herat in the late 15th Century
Seattle Art Museum
Dates: March 2017