Joe Valeriano’s Lonesome Road promotional photo session in Milan Porta Genova, mid May 2015. “Gooddamn right, friend, you got the Blues!” [Nikon 1 J2]
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.
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Below some shots from CONCRETE & SOUL series:
HOEPLI – LA LIBRERIA INTERNAZIONALE, MILANO, APRIL, 8-22, 2016
Spazio espositivo Secondopiano
FUORI is Matteo Ceschi and Federico Ramponi‘s experimental photo project aiming to tell Fuori Salone activities. The project focuses on the side activities at the beginning and at the end of the Fuori Salone week. Neighborhoods (Ticinese, Tortona, Cinque vie, Brera and Lambrate) are swarming with people working hard to maintain their scheduled deadlines. Inside old walls, behind high windows, a new generation of workers reinvigorates Milan’s working tradition. Without them there would be no show! In this reportage people and different locations – which are now classic meeting points for designers, curious people, travelers and the Milanese movida as well – are seen through Matteo Ceschi’s b&w street shots and Federico Ramponi’s knowledge of the world of design.
A friend of mine, Gian Paolo Daldello, actually my fine art printer, is offering an interesting and tailored service to see photographers note down their thoughts, ideas, technical schemes, sketches directly on a special journal while capturing images from a reportage (street photography, travel or landscape, etc. etc.).
The same diary will tell their stories through words, drawings and… pictures. Yes, you can buy just this special handmade leather diary (antique black or brown) with fine and exclusive paper sheets or have it at a special price if you’d like to add a pre-order of 4×6″ (10×15 cm) prints. It’s up to you to decide the number of prints to be placed in your diary and the quality of the same: waterproof sublimation, carbon pigment ink on alpha cellulosa paper or even 100% fine art cotton.
This will become a real photo reportage instrument, handmade by the photographer, nothing to do with a photobook, something totally personal.