the 19th of march 2003 I wrote the first post of this blog, which therefore it celebrates ten years soon.
I’ve often told how it started, now it seems obvious and trivial but 10 years ago (palaeolithic times in internet terms!) was an absolute novelty: my assistant at the time, alessio gianni, was (and still is!) a super expert on internet/mac/technology. in short, a nerd without being a nerd. I had recently redid my website and expressed the desire to have a section dedicated to be able to write news about my work and so on. alessio then said, I remember it perfectly: do a blog! and I answered: what is a blog?!? and there the adventure began, which has continued consistently and methodically in a way that frankly, surprised me first. when someone tells me they want to start a blog, the first and only suggestion I give is the one of writing frequently and regularly: the hard part is not writing the first month, the hard part is to continue after 5 years…
during these years the wordpress statistics say that I have written 1.093 posts which have received 9.750 comments.
the blog is one of those things for which, honestly, I am the happiest and proudest of: it has given me a lot, I met fantastic people, I have lived some passionate discussions, I have laughed until I cried and sometimes I have also been angry, I found out things I didn’t know.. In short it is something that has given me back a lot!
all of this would have not been possible without the most important presence: you! who have read and commented on the blabbering I have written in all these years and that if you had not been there it would have made it my onanistic solipsism totally useless.
I would like to not only say THANK YOU! but actually concretely thank you. and how?!? by giving concrete meaning to a little word that is often misused: FREE.
not free like those offers where you read “if you buy a kilogram of biscuits we give you 20% of them for free” which makes me want to ask them only for the 20%, because it’s free anyway!
no, I am offering myself for FREE, FREE FREE! I offer my work and perhaps what I know how to do best: take pictures absolutely for free!
going to the concrete:
THE 27TH OF MARCH I WILL BE IN MY STUDIO IN VIALE SABOTINO 16 IN MILAN FROM 11:00 TO 18:00 AND I WILL PHOTOGRAPH WHOEVER COMES ABSOLUTELY FREE.
I WILL PHOTOGRAPH YOUR DOG, YOUR GIRLFRIEND, YOUR SON, YOUR BOYFRIEND, YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER, SIMPLY YOU OR WHATEVER YOU WANT.
THE ONLY LIMITATION IS THAT THE IMAGES WILL NOT BE USED FOR ADVERTISING OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.
thank you for following me all these years!