Chapter One: A Summer Story

Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the early modern period, nostalgia became an important trope in Romanticism. Nostalgia is associated with a wistful yearning for the past, its personalities, and events, especially the “good old days” or a “warm childhood.”

This is a black-and-white long-term project about bodies, details, skin, sun, sand and shapes. I developed the story between the sea and people, without rules or purpose, just with the desire to be free and elegant. Candid moments from a daily stroll. I tried to interpret the boundaries of disparate genres; my photographs walk on the edge between street photography and fine art, documentary and conceptual. I fell in love with the solitude; it was so natural to follow these humans during their holiday, this magical “summer break.”

The beach is a world apart and this is my little story about it. I broke the loneliness and nostalgia with a visual bridge, a dialogue between single images and fleshly diptychs.

All these pictures were taken near San Benedetto del Tronto and Pescara on the Adriatic Sea in Italy.

—Antonio Privitera

Editors’ note: “La Nostalgia” was chosen as the 3rd place series winner in the Street Photography Awards 2017. See all of the inspiring work by the 37 winners, finalists and jurors’ picks! The video interview above was shot at the San Francisco Camerawork exhibition of all the award-winning work.