La Polvere del Mondo & Echoes from Sri Lanka
1) The Man who sold the world – Nepal
Streets like these are full of life and stories to tell.. this man captured immediately my attention, for his colors and style.. really photogenic subject and friendly person to speak with… If you’ll have any chance to pass by Kathmandu, visit his corner, offer him a cigarette, get a little chat and get your powerful portrait.
2) Pray for Nepal
A man right out of the temple in Kathmandu looking for some help for the day.
3) A Beautiful Smile
Traveling along the wild coast of South Africa is an excellent way to get to know Xhosa Culture. Living in a very simple shelters, these people are completely far away from modern comfort. Walking along the small path, I met this beautiful lady, who invited me to her house, offering lunch and posing for a fantastic portrait.
4) The Great mama
During my visit to the Xhosa village, I enjoyed that day talking with the Xhosa population, listening to theirs stories and eating simple but very tasty food. This picture represents to me a moment of simplicity, the love of a mum for her kids and the pleasure for the hospitality, offering the most that she owned… I decided to share this moement to remember us to live in a simple way, loving people and offer the most we own to others… Exactly like that mother, because one day, you could be the next traveller…
5) Lost in Meditation
Up and down on the Jaipur streets, I met this man on my way to the Monkeys temple. I heard a bell sound coming from a house; I glanced at the door and I saw this man engaged in a deep meditation. He noticed I was there, but ignored me. It was really interesting to look at this man and when I asked to take a picture of him, he just smiled without saying a word.
6) Peace of Mind
Definitely, one of my favorite pic of my portfolio. Anuradhapura, Srilanka , the old capital of the kingdom and center of the #buddhism for many centuries. Visiting the ruins of the old city and the sacred temple, I was literally thrilled by the power of people faith; rituals and credences conveyed during the time and still on. I was in peace and my mind completely lost in the silence. I captured this frame because I think it can describe the power of mind and the absolute achievement of our internal karma.
7) Ordinary Life
Porter on the Zanskar River. These people are the Chadar’s Angels. Thanks to their hard work, porters are the main engine of each kind of activities in the Himalayan region. During my trekking in Ladakh, I met lots of these generous men, one of each with a specific task: the woodcutter, the cook, the guide, the base camp makers… As a proper orchestra, these people work with sinergy and deep effectiveness.
8) Porter on the frozen river
The wonderful scenary of Zanskar River during winter expedition, a wild and extreme trekking on the frozen water!! During winter, temperature can drop til -35C.
9) Behind the Scene
During my visit at the township of Chintsa, South Africa, I experienced one of the most emotional moment of my life… Lots of kids, queueing and waiting to be served with a hot and simple meal at the local association which look after them…And being part of this scene, I felt so bad thinking about the quantity of food that we wasted everyday… living these moments make you realize how different the world is and how lucky we are to live on the bright side…never forget it!!
10) In the Morning
Walking up and down on the streets of #delhi, I met a guy who led me to the hell’s door. As a solo traveler, your attention level should continuously get high but, at the same time, open to local people will get you to live an unique experience and discover spot out of the common track…so, this is what I did… The local guy carried me into the old city of Delhi, trough spices shops and random cows, a very chaotic spot into the dust and lost souls.. I get into a old building, occupied by people, sleeping and living there.. The scenario in front of me was ascribable as that as a Favela, where no rules are allowed and any tourist is welcoming.. . . Fortunately I moved forward into the darkness, followed by the local guy who was my “exit ticket” to that hell.. Once on the roof, the wind on my face reawekend my soul, and looking around I had the sensation that people were living a routine scene, living their reality, having breakfast and washing dishes. Something that apparently looked as hell for me, it was only the simple way of locals to lead their lives for the everyday fight to survive! This is the beauty of photography, never stop to the appearance but have the curiosity and instinct to look at thing for different point of view, creating a unique story behind your frame…
11) Sleeping under the stars
During the Chadar trek in Ladakh, I get the opportunity to sleep in a tent for few nights. This expedition, in partnership with Nikon, has been extreme but seriously fantastic, as the moment captured. I put my tripod on the frozen surface of the river, waiting for the milky wat to get the right position, between the two mountains. It was a really a great night, with bright stars and a clear sky; despite the hard temperature, -30C at that moment, I resisted to get this wonderful shot.
12) Enjoy the Silence
4130m above sea level, -10C, frozen hands and cold wind… But it’s worth at the end..The Milky way tale on the top of the Annapurna South, Nepal. A 11 days trekking through Himalaya villages, with stunning panorama and a great personal experience.
13) Girl from the north Country
Visiting the norht side of Sri Lanka, I spent few hours at Kayts village, Jaffna suburb. This small fishermen village counts few families and the area was devasted by Tsunami of 2004, causing almost 50 thousands victims. Despite it, people never left completely, and day by day tried to back to normality. Once there, I was invited by a local family, which let me in in their house and spend some time together, talking in some way and laughing at every word. As memory, I shot a small polaroid as gratitude for their hospitality.
14) Open Wound
A lady portrait at Kayts, Jaffna suburb, north Sri Lanka.
15) Deep Gaze
A deep portrait and very intense gaze at Nallur Temple, Jaffna. The north side of Sri Lanka has been off limits for long time, due to the civil war with tamil tigers and the central government. For local people, cross the eyes with foreigners could be very deep and intense. In this shot, I wanted to capture exactly that kind of feeling, a proper deep scan of my race, skin, soul.
16) Relax out of the Temple
At Nallur temple, cameras and phones usage is not allowed. As part of Indu culture, people prefer to get absorbed completely by all day rituals, leaving outside all the distraction coming from the digital world. A great sign of authencity and respect for its faith. At the same time, people love to take a moment of break outside the temple, hanging out and talking as in a proper “agorà”.
17) With these two hands
A focus on fisherman’s hand.
18) Life as a Fisherman
The fishermen hard life. I spent few hours at fisherman village of Weligama, in the south of Sri Lanka, talking with them and listen to their stories. The beach and the whole seaside was completely destroyed by Tsunami of 2004; people, boats, houses and shelders literally wiped out in few minutes by a wave 30 meters high. But fishermen are strong men and after few time, they back to their dimension, to the place where they belong: the ocean.
19) Fixing Up
A fisherman at Weligama bay, busy to fix his nets.
20) Nallur Temple
Jaffna’s most notable sight is the large Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, dedicated to Murugam, this is the most impressive Hindu temple in Sri Lanka, the most impressive Hindu temple of the country. Men must remove their shirts before entering. There are no fewer than six “pujas” (adoration) daily, with three between 4pm and 5pm, the best time to visit.
21) Back to School
A little girl at school, focuses on morning prayer, before daily class start.
22) Behind the Scene
Ordinary day at school; last read before class test.
23) Long train running
People waiting at the train station at Haputale… A daily scene that I loved to catch.
24) Waiting for…
A lady is waiting for the train at Haputale station… A daily scene that I loved to catch for my Sri Lankan gallery.. Hidden behind a pole, I wanted to capture the lady completely absorbed in her thoughts… . There’s always something sentimental and gloomy while waiting for the train.. And looking at others passengers, I love to imagine where they are going, what’s their life looks like, who they will meet at the final destination. It’s that moment when your mind run out of reality and get lost in thoughts and imagination.. This is actually what happen to me…