– SOUNDGARDEN: THE LAST HEROES OF GRUNGE IN MILANO
With only my camera (Canon 1100 D) and a press badge – in fact a free ticket – I attended the 2012 Soundgarden reunion concert in Milan. Thousands of young people – who were not even born when the grunge revolution began to shake Seattle and the whole world – were all around me. Kids full of energy and eager to listen for the first time in their lives to Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron live and in action. When the show started I began to take pictures and had to fight not to be submerged by the crazed crowd. That Soundgarden concert, in the audience, ended up being a very physical & almost confrontational experience, but that did not stop me from putting together a very good series of shots.
Some of the photos presented here were published in the Swiss music culture magazine Plug n’ Play in September 2014. Visit Plug n’ Play magzine!
– SAVING STREET ART 2006-2015
Photography fixes fragile street art and makes it timeless.
– CONCRETE & SOUL – A VISION OF S. AMBROGIO TWIN NEIGHBORHOODS
I set out to dedicate a series of shots to the two neighborhoods designed by Milanese architect Arrigo Arrighetti (1922-1989) and built between 1962 and the early seventies, in the south-west of Milan.
Three reasons have guided me in this choice. First: my parents live in the area. Second: I had in mind an early Seventies shot by Uliano Lucas – a flock of sheep in front of one of the two housing projects. Third: I have always been fascinated by the unusual urban coexistence of vegetation and concrete – both neighborhoods contain, in fact, common green areas and are still partially surrounded by undeveloped areas.
With these guidelines in mind I started shooting in November 2011 and, just recently, I completed the project (though I might continue shooting in the area). These shots, taken with different digital cameras, by day and at night, aim at seizing on the one hand the simplicity of Arrighetti’s “neo-pagan” architectural lines – the only human presence in my reportage – and on the other to relate them to the anarchist soul of an unexpected wilderness.
– SJJ 016 POSTCARDS FROM A PRESENT IN PROGRESS
I left for Sarajevo with the reports of a couple of friends and Giovanna Volpi’s essay Sarajevo Maybe, 1994 in my pocket. In the bag, I also had a couple of cameras: a FujiFilm X30 and a small Ricoh GX100. The program included a photo exhibition entitled ko.existence. *
Those few notions I lost once in town. There, other friends – professor Tatjana Sekulić and photographer Jim Marshall, my partner in the ko.existence exhibition organized by the Universities of Milan Bicocca, Sarajevo and East Sarajevo with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo – pinned on my notebook some names of places and sketches from the past.
But I was living the present.
And this Present was full of new inputs: it was almost unable to contain its stories. The Baščaršija, the Ottoman market district; the Faculty of Political Science; a Sunday marathon; the alleys, a covered shelter during the long siege (1992-1995) away from the shots of the snipers; the numerous and silent cemeteries that embrace the city from the hills. Every aspect of Sarajevo told me stories of a present in progress. Everyday life survived the war and committed to stopping the resurgence of nationalisms and waves of fundamentalisms.
In this present in progress citizens of Sarajevo do not seem tired to defend the urgent sense of coexistence.
My task, as a street photographer, was to record all these inputs and send them to you as series of postcards.
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* The title of the exhibition came from a suggestion of one of the directors of the Summer School: the original co.existence became ko.existence better tailored to the life of Western and Eastern metropolises. “Ko”, in the Bosnian language means “who?”, so the title is a pun implying a challenge to the viewers to rethink their notion of coexistence and avoid the danger of a social knock out.
– NAXOS. A PRIVATE JOURNEY IN THE ISLAND OF BYRON
My personal view of Naxos Island. Click on the link to download Naxos. A Private Journey in the Island of Byron full PDF book. ENJOY IT!
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– IMAGINE THE MUSIC
It doesn’t matter WHO. It doesn’t matter WHERE. I’ve only imagined THE MUSIC!
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– BREXIT COMIN’
Just over a week to Brexit.
Brexit and Londoners show a hunched and at times uncertain gait.
This time I decided to abandon b&w and to choose color: I needed to record as much information as possible.
Through my lens colors became faded, people blurred.
Nobody seems to think about the future, they seem to prefer turning their backs on the troubling days to come.
I looked for the most frequent keywords used to describe Brexit in newspapers and… combined them with the frames.
BREXIT COMIN’… People remain…
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