On the 15th anniversary of my trip through Central America, a moment of big changes in my photographer's life, we publish for the first time the complete photographic chronicle of that journey.
This is the introduction, and the idea behind the traveling..
I needed big changes. A new start. Maybe a jump start. Definitely an evolution if not a revolution. This was a personal, professional, and even philosophical decision: a turning point of my life.
Oh yes, the peak of a career as travel photographer, the end of a love relationship, the uncertainties of a changing world (in a few months 9/11 would happen and my presentiments would unfortunately find confirmation), all played a part in my decision. But mostly was the attraction to go back “on the road” which was, and still is, my ideal living condition, that encouraged me in that direction.
In the spring of 2001 I started my small, short Odyssey, not in space, but in the countries of Central America. This represented a combination of ideas: to explore the heart of the Pan-American path, the passage from the Latin world to the borders of the English-speaking one, the trail of million migrants.
The magazine Gulliver backed my proposal, and a journalist friend, Paolo Galliani, joined me, at least for a while (I was spending longer then he needed in order to assimilate the local stories).
We landed in Panama and from there we went north using only local and long distance buses; occasionally collective and private taxis.
I had only a Leica camera, two lenses and a backpack half full of film. What that journey meant to me is evident in the work that came afterwards. It conveyed a much more photo-journalistic approach to my travel photography. The perfection of framing, using tripods and comprehensive thinking, gave space and precedence to capturing moments and situations. The accuracy of technique was not a priority any more.
The rest of the story is history, my personal history. The nice people I met as well as the intensity of moments of fear (it was a hard and dangerous land when lived from the bottom up, as we did) provided color to the picture. And it is not a land of smiles: very few people find the courage to smile in such a tough living situation.
This work can be dedicated only to them: the natives who willingly allowed us into their lives patiently, hardly understanding the reasons why, if caring at all. In a society of hardships they represent the better side of humanity.
A fresh view to a Morocco that is changing, yes, but keeps it's colors and costumes to attract visitors, comes out from these two stories with unusual freshness.
On one side is RABAT, a capital city whose center in part of the UNESCO World Heritage list thanks to the modern architecture, that keeps modernizing but preserves the Kasbha as an icon.
On the other extreme is the SOUK of MARRAKECH, a labyrinthic mosaic of colors, merchandise and craftwork. Lots of touristic paraphernalia yes, but also high quality products inspired by the global market.
The Lisbon story is being published today on D La Repubblica delle Donne. It's a very nice presentation on how this capital city is lively today.
In PadPlaces you will find the full photographic selection in the Reportage section, for FREE. Enjoy!
FLORENCE TODAY is one of the stories recently added to PadPlaces in the Reportage section, available for FREE.
Florence might be a nice surprise for those who think the city anchored to it's Renaissance past and flooded by mass-tourism. All of that is still there of course, but a major clean up and new even if sober, subdued novelties are making a visit worthwhile.
The city center is finally walk only in many historic parts, the tram line is providing connections from the city outskirts, new museums (like Opera del Duomo and Innocenti) make the bathing in art and history a real pleasure.
SENZA CONFINI La creazione del Calendario Epson 2017, è un libro ed è ora disponibile in tutti i formati. The book on the creation of the 2017 Epson calendar is now available in all formats. Il libro contiene le 12 foto del calendario più quelle che fino all'ultima selezione sono state candidate ma non ce l'hanno fatta. The book contains the 12 calendar images plus those shortlisted that didn't make it.
Il libro è GRATUITO nell'applicazione PadPlaces The book is FREE within PadPlaces App
The book has an English translation for relevant texts.
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