I am an Italian PhD student living in St. Andrews, Scotland. I started to shoot consistently in 2012 and although I don’t have a formal photography education, I attended several photography/darkroom workshops. In 2015, I participated in an editing course held by Magnum photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, in NYC. The pictures grouped here belong to different series, most of them long term projects I am still actively working on.
Some of the series in this page were inspired by the nostalgia and, sometimes, irrational sense of loss that emerged when I moved to Scotland in 2014. I deal with this feeling by taking pictures of places I visit when I go back to Italy; I cultivate the hope of maintaining contact with my loved ones by framing them when I am there. Here, I use photography not only as a coping mechanism, but also try to go beyond that by transforming what might be interpreted as a “lack” into an act of affirming the presence of (beloved) others.
Photography has also played a major role in one of my favorite activities: travelling. I use it mainly to create a visual diary of the products of my curiosity and of the ways in which my initial expectations regarding a specific location might be confirmed or frustrated. The process of taking pictures opens up a different vantage point from which to grasp places and people. Holding a camera pushes me to observe, to interact with others (I’m shy) and to ask questions. In juxtaposition to the reassertion and appreciation of the known I mentioned above, photography also figures as an opportunity to explore what is yet to come – a means to explore and expand my own perception.