Sadly, subdivison happens inside some political rallies. One who asks for freedom and rights is the same person who attacks with gender hatred another protester exclaiming “W…E” and “B…H” forgetting precisely about freedom and rights. What a fool a human being is!
WE WILL ONLY HAVE WHAT WE CAN TAKE
With this slogan I began my photographic reportage on the student demonstrations against the CPE (contrat première embauche, in English first employment contract) on 10 March 2006.
That’s my first political assignment – I usually photographed rock musicians – for an on-line magazine directed by Italian best-seller writer Umberto Eco.
15 years later, I guess both student slogans and my frames are urgently topical.
A series of imperfect and blurred images (taken with a cheap compact camera, KODAK EASYSHARE C300) tell of a revolution that has never ended and needs to be restarted today…
Often the most interesting frames of a live show or a music festival are those from backstage – I would also include soundcheck-time and the after-show. The spectator’s eye cannot reach behind the stage. Behind the stage the photographer’s curiosity is constantly fed by the “everyday” life of the artists. The backstage-soundcheck set is a discreet appetizer that everyone would like to enjoy… Thoughts, smiles, jokes, technical adjustments, “last calls”… CLICK! (Shots taken with Fuji X100, FujiFilm X30 and Olympus OM-D E-M5)
Today this series of frames (from my ROCK MUSIC ARCHIVES, Refused, live Rock in IdRho, Milan, June 4, 2012) seems so relevant to me… We need live music and festivals to get out the pandemic! We need to share music and positive vibes!
Protest in front of the Piccolo Teatro Grassi, Milano, to ask politicians to support art during the pandemic. Young people, students, musicians and operators of the cultural sector (and photographers) together to ask for immediate intervention in support of theater, cinema and music. Art feeds us and will save us! (All frames taken with Fuji X100)
Waiting for another lockdown – fucking politicians! – I let myself be inspired by Róisín Murphy’s Take Her Up to Monto! It was a whimsical trip into the darkest bays of my mind, it was a trip without danger thanks to music… I didn’t want to maintain the focus… I was led by the rhythm… Shake, Shake, Shake … Snap! Until I rose.
(Session inspired by Charles Peterson’s grunge series; all frames taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Zuiko 9mm f8 Fisheye)
An old chair abandoned on the zebra crossing.
A pigeon landed near the chair
No love was born…
The chair showed off all its skills
Then came a man with a mask who fell in love with the springs of the chair
(All frames taken with Fuji X100, Milan, March 2, 2021)
A night photo session in Andy Warhol’s style as friend Taiyo pointed out… John’s voice doesn’t stop… (FujiFilm X30 + Nik Collection)