Updates and work in progress

19 July, 2017

Storie Migranti in Scena

One of my best friends is a theatre director and when I was still living in Milan, Italy, I happened to shoot his end-of-the-year plays at the Civica Scuola di Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi. One of his latest works is the direction of two plays out of the five short pieces that make up Storie…

9 August, 2016

Madonna del Carmine in Pedali di Viggianello

The second harvest ritual procession I photographed in 2016 takes place in the heart of the Pollino national park, in the lush valley of the river Mercure. On 19 August in the community of Pedali, part of the village of Viggianello (PZ), the festival is again in honour of the Virgin, the Madonna del Carmine….

8 August, 2016

Madonna delle Grazie in Teana

I started photographing village festivals in Basilicata, southern Italy, in 2004, with my first visit to the massive tree festival in Accettura. One type of rituals I have photographed through the years are harvest rituals that involve bundles of sheafs of wheat carried as votive offerings. These take place usually during the month of August…

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11 March, 2016

Making ‘Living the Weather’

For the past 6 months I have been working as a filmmaker for Living the Weather, a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Professor Jennifer Mason at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester. My task has been to realise a documentary film that could speak…

6 September, 2015

Testing the Panasonic GH4 and Olympus 7-14/2.8 on the DJI Ronin M

I am currently working on a film project that involves uninterrupted tracking shots, in which I plan to use an extreme wide angle lens to situate a character in the landscape. The documentary will be filmed around Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and is part of the larger Living the Weather project headed by Prof Jennifer…

16 August, 2015

San Rocco in Senise

August the 16th is in many villages of Southern Italy the day to celebrate San Rocco, the medieval Saint Roch of Montpellier who preached and attended to the ill during a fourteenth century plague. The large village of Senise (PZ), in the Italian region of Basilicata, like many neighbouring settlements mixes this celebration with dances involving…

15 June, 2015

The Taxidermist

Boubacar Traoré belongs to a family of renowned gunsmiths in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. In this short documentary he describes his work as a taxidermist and goes through memories of his first hippopotamus hunt. In the region killing one of these animals is still a serious matter, because they are held capable of tricking the hunter…