“I have more memories than if I’d lived a thousand years,” wrote the French poet Charles Baudelaire. We all have unmentionable, unspeakable thoughts that we fear. We all have worries and anxieties we want to hide from the people around us. Or fears that we wish could be seen so that we could be rescued from them.

These thoughts are so deep and intimate that they are not visible to the outside world. They are transparent to others. But we do have them. We carry them on our skin every single day.

I Have More Memories Than If I Were a Thousand Years Old, 01. © Pietro Baroni, Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017

I have tried to bring these fears to light. I have tried to highlight and collect them. With this work, I want to make decipherable the invisible thoughts and worries we have tattooed on our body, but that nobody usually sees.

I have asked the portrayed people to think about and feel these fears, these uncertainties, these thoughts, so that I could try to catch a glimpse of them in my photographs.

—Pietro Baroni

Baroni’s project was singled out by the jury of the Emerging Talent Awards 2017. See all of the inspiring projects from this year’s 50 talents!