Cuts of light
In these pictures, Francesco Nigi seizes the fleeting moment. It might be a common definition, but there is no other way to describe his work.
Engravers are used to incise a design onto a hard surface by cutting grooves into it and from these inked grooves come out powerful and clear lights which dominate the darkness, like those of Francesco’s photos. However, whereas the engraver has time to reflect about his work, the street photographer has a few moments to take a wonderful picture. Therefore, the speed of his feline eye is almost more important than the camera around his neck.
It’s thanks to his prompt action that Francesco was able to photograph people before they were swallowed by darkness or while they were coming out of it. In his pictures people are spontaneous, graceful and unaware of being the main protagonists of a scene and the core of an intention.