In December 2012 I was returned since a few months from a trip to Istanbul where I discovered in a exhibition Jak Baruh’s photos, a Turkish photographer who works with multiple exposures: it was an illumination. I wrote a small note in my notebook and then I left it there for two-three months to “rest”. On December 14, 2012, I finally started working on some photos of Paris, without even imagining what it would lead me to. It wasn’t a very successful test, but it was the seed of a photographic project that I now have the good fortune and privilege to call work. Ten years later, hundreds and hundreds of URBAN MELODIES are hanging on walls all over the world, thanks to them I did a private exhibition in Chicago, I went on a cruise ship, in Jordan, on the French Riviera and hopefully, in the future, in other beautiful places.
8 years ago I had returned since few months from a trip to Istanbul where, in an exhibition, I discovered Jak Baruh’s works, a Turkish photographer who works with multiple exposures. It was an epiphany. I wrote a small note in my notebook and then left it there for two or three months to “rest”.
On December 14, 2012 I finally started working on some multi-layered pictures, without even imagining what it would lead me to. It wasn’t a very successful test, but it was the seed of a photographic project that now I have the luck and privilege to call “work”. After that test image, I asked a dear friend of mine for an opinion: “I’m trying to do some work with the multiple exposures, I’m doing some tests. I want to do it again better, though I want to send it to you so you can tell me if you think a nice idea can come out of it “.
Autumn finally came, after the warmest september of the last years (at least here in Rome…). Now the temperature felt down suddenly and the first rains are already arrived: for me it’s been the occasion to come back under the rain to take some new images for my series Raindrop Blues. Here a selection of new pictures taken in august and september (so also in Southern Italy, during the only rainy day of summer!).
I love to observe people on public transportations, I think they represent the real soul of a city, with their thoughts, their worries, their dreams. Israeli photographer Dina Alfasi, who works in hospital as engineer, takes bus and train to go to work and captures candid images of people around her. As she said: “I’m inspired by the little moments that happen every day. My work is a testament to telling stories through a single photo and proof that all you need is just to look around to find magic moments”. Her photos are just amazing, all taken with an iPhone. Follow Dina’s work on Instagram.
In the 1950s Bruce Davidson runs into a Brooklyn youth gang, the Jokers. The boys and girls of the gang allow the photographer to frequent their places, posing for him and making him take even the most intimate moments. The “Brooklyn Gang” series testifies rebellion, anger, fear and alienation of this group of young people, becoming one of the most precious photographic documents of its time.
Last year italian photographer Massimiliano Vecchi went in Africa for an amazing travel that changed his perspective about life itself. “I didn’t go in Ghana to shoot a reportage”, says Massimiliano, “our mission was to live the experience helping people of Potter’s Village”. He doesn’t want to call it “reportage” because he didn’t prepare it, but actually is one of the most interesting and impressive series of pictures that I’ve seen in the last months: “I didn’t look for anything, I let the journey guide me. It’s been the freest mental condition for a photographer”. In these beautiful images taken in Dodowa and Potter’s Village emerge a visual and vital power that is difficult to tell with words. You can see here a small selection of images (and a 4 minutes touching video that describes the experience), but I warmly reccomend you to watch the entire album on Massimiliano’s website: L’Africa, il Ghana, Dodowa ed il Potter’s Village: la ricerca della (mia) felicità. The best thing that you’ll see today (and also tomorrow).
The world through your windows. This album is realized by you, it’s just a way to be closer in the distance, during the lockdown caused by the Covid19 emergency. I’m trying to map the world outside your windows in this difficult time, where we can’t leave our houses. Send me your photo here: email@example.com (and, if you want, add a line to describe the scene).
All the pictures will be posted in the album on my Facebook page: the name of the album is Distant But Close.
My new series is finally out! Follow the new site and Instagram page to stay in touch with the project. Here the first 15 portraits of this collection of Film People.
Guglielmo, Manhattan (1979) “I remember I’ve seen it when I was a teenager on a tape where the 16:9 bends were blue and not black. Last time I’ve seen it was in a cinema, a few years ago, I was with a girl that I would never see again”
[Ecco titolo, poster e descrizione del mio nuovo progetto: in basso la versione in italiano]
[ENG] We all carry within us the title of a film, a movie that has marked our memories and which, in some way, defines us. If it’s true that a photographic portrait can tell a lot, even more can tell the film we are more attached to. The goal of this project is to tell the people portrayed through the cinema, through a film that can define them, thus revealing a piece of their soul: as the “book people” of Fahrenheit 451 preserved the memory of the books, in the same way my series, FILM PEOPLE, wants to link every person to the film of his life.
What will they have written on that blackboard? My new project is coming soon, very soon… In this teaser a little preview, a sort of backstage taken before the photos. So far I did 15 portraits, they are going to be at least 20 for the end of this week. Can’t wait to tell you more, to show you this new series that I care very much. In the image below another preview without “spoilers”. I really can’t wait to go on with this project. Hope you will appreciate it.