I was born by the sea and I had the vaguest smattering with sailing, both practical (very little, actually) as well as literally (definitely more for sure: for example, one of the books I have read and read again in my youth the most was this one).
a few days ago giovanni soldini has accomplished a great feat, breaking the record for sailing from new york to san francisco, passing by the legendary cape horn: this southern tip of south america has always been the myth of all seafarers. in imperia there is even a statue dedicated to those who have circumnavigated the tip, often with unspeakable difficulties. I recently read a book about the logbook of an officer of an old sailing clipper whom was saying that after weeks and months of trying to pass it they decided to go around the other way, travelling around the world by going the opposite way! as if someone going to venice by foot decides to go via paris, madrid, new york, japan, asia to then finally arrive in venice… it’s crazy, right?
soldini, with the aid of some technology, completed the same feat, at a record time: great!
once he came to me in studio, to make together with others, a cover for a newspaper. obviously I took him aside and shot a portrait, just of him.
here it is: