Paris. March 2006. Students from universities and high schools launched a series of protest rallies in the Latin Quarter against the bill on employment known as CPE. Sorbonne University and Collège de France were the epicenter of the protest. The CPE reportage is my first official professional photo project realized with a super compact and portable Kodak Easyshare C300 camera. Here are published for the first time some unpublished shots of my reportage.
I’m a photographer but also a historian specialized in US History – Tutti i colori di Obama. L’altra storia delle elezioni americane was my latest book in 2012. Today I took a long walk during the afternoon waiting for the election night on TV. I looked for signs of America around me: election day news but also the familiar presence of the USA in Italian everyday culture since the post-war period (graffiti, music, ads…). Just six b&w shots not to forget that our future depends on the future of the White House.
This short “summer series” – seven shots taken in Agios Prokopios, Naxos Island, Cyclades, during a period of 1 hour with a 50 mm lens – helped me explore the lines/feel of continuity between land and sea. I was probably looking for a personal sense of space where the horizon shapes a continuity across the shots. I was looking for a sense of surprise too – catching the amazing moment when the eyes alight on the water over the dunes. There definitely is a feeling of relief and amusement in each image to the extent that the horizon is “broken” or “interrupted” by humans: their familiar presence dares to leave the beach and embrace the water unconditionally.