One day a year ago I started taking weekly walks with my camera in the park in the simplest and most spontaneous way. The period in which I started doing it, however, was not simple at all due to the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions on travelling, lockdown, rising contagion rates became part of our everyday life in a period of uncertainty and instability.
During my walks, however, I could find a sense of tranquility, allowing myself to be “somewhere else” whilst still in my neighbourhood in the eastern outskirts of Milan.
I wandered around with my thoughts, my emotions, hopes, dreams bumping into people and places. The park I went to began to show me a new side and a new atmosphere: kids who play, study, live their youth to the fullest, but also people who try to survive.
Day by day I started portraying more scenes of “normality” but it became much deeper for me. I then started questioning what “normality” meant to me. What is everyday life? I realized that I sometimes take the world outside for granted: a world made up of people with their own stories and places full of traces. A humanity made of flesh and blood that intrigued me. Could the object of my research change if I changed the way I observed it? What if the object was actually a subject we relate to? And when I related to the object, were changes produced on both sides?
These walks in the park had turned into a constant search for absolute normality. But it was actually the extraordinary beauty of life and of the world that I wanted to discover. And while looking for such beauty I started feeling a sense of freedom and lightheartedness just like that of a teenager, who is free from the rigid patterns of adult life and open to the countless possibilities that life can offer.
"Outside, the world." Looking for the extraordinary in normality is a long-term project in which I investigate life, its many aspects and contradictions and most of all the possibility of creating a humanity steeped in healthy relationships. Because this is what photography means to me: meeting others, having the opportunity to connect, even if in the brief instant of a photograph.