In last year’s August issue, for il corriere della sera, I set up a shoot taking portraits of people passing by corso Vittorio Emanuele, the city centre of Milan, using a white background, as if a small part of my studio was taken on the outside to isolate and highlight parts of reality.
This year the contribution of my studio was a small flash head, which I used to tell a story of a remarkable reality, the idroscalo, Milan’s seaside: a place where they co-exist, within a few hundred meters, super cool tattooed dudes doing cable, rich elderly ladies, transvestites, olympians, young kids, windsurfers, peruvians tackling their barbecues… the more the merrier…
To tell you all this I took two handfuls of Diane Arbus, a fistful of Martin Parr, and even a pinch (of the good stuff!) of Chico de Luigi and I spent two days at the idroscalo, photographing all that diverse world, trying to compose a single image made from many pieces of an imaginary puzzle.
The result on a full page of today’s il corriere della sera, the 15th of August 2011:
Here are some of my favourite photos, even some unpublished ones:
For various reasons I converted them all to black and white (remember? two handfuls of Diane Arbus, a fistful of Martin Parr…) but I want to end it up with colour, as a tribute to the triumph of lines, but especially the white, red and green speedo of Mr. Vincenzo!