yes, I used a ladder to my now – usual – tribute to Milan’s mid-August for the Corriere.
But first things first.
Today, August 14th, my column dedicated to my “usual” mid-August reportage of my adopted city was published on the Corriere della Sera
This is the text I wrote for the Corrierone:
Continues what is becoming an August tradition: my photo report on Milan during these days of summer vacation, which transforms it completely, making it, in my opinion, even more beautiful and interesting. We began two years ago, taking portraits of those who had decided, locals or not, to be tourists in this city. Last year instead, portraits were made of local people who had chosen, by choice or necessity, to spend the holidays here, in the local “sea”, the Idroscalo. This year we decided that the portraits were to be done to Her, Milan. That Milan that most of her citizens are accustomed seeing it full of traffic and people, always in a hurry. That Milan that in August becomes empty, and finally shows us her spaces which are normally so full and which are now magically deserted. I took a ladder (to always have the same point of view and also to have it slightly unusual) and I went in the city centre: piazza Duomo, via Montenapoleone, corso Vittorio Emanuele.. And I photographed Milan, in her unusual calm, in her hidden beauty.
This is the page:
And these are the images that where used, including others that weren’t:
I know its not very nice to say it, but I will say it: I consider this one of my best work, or at least I like it a lot.
I love the surrealism, this lack of temporal parameters (except of r a few details, they may look like pictures taken 10/50/100 years ago…) make this work some kind of archeology of perception, where everything, even in the precision of the focal point in the centre of the frame, really loses orientation to become almost a state of mind rather than a reality. A reality so surreal that becomes almost unreal…