Beyond wedding photography: the project I brought to Germany to tell my Venice

In October 2016 I had the opportunity to participate in a competition dedicated to the photojournalists who live in twin cities of Nuremberg (Germany); I won a stay in the Bavarian city as a prize and together with other photographers from Krakow, Glasgow, Cordoba and Prague, I participated in a collective exhibition that had as its common theme “nachbarschaft”, which means “neighborhood”.

The project was promoted by the International Relations department of the city of Nuremberg and the scholarship given to the winners was dedicated to Hermann Kesten, a famous German novelist and writer.

My photos were exhibited at the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände in Nuremberg along with those of the other winners of the competition and those of the founders of the photo association Fotozene Nürnberg, who took part in the exhibition organization.

The theme “neighborhood” inspired me to the creation of a series of 10 photographs taken in the  most characteristic and difficult areas of my city: I wanted to document some moments of the everyday life of the people who live in Venice, a small island with a delicate environment, where residents are decreasing year after year and where tourist overcrowding is becoming a serious problem.

To me Neighbourhood means “district”, means places where people live their daily lives every day, in a city that is undoubtedly one of the most special, difficult and unique in the world. It made me think of the strong contrast that exists between the people who live this city every day as residents, as students, as workers or as tourists, and and the fragility of a city unique in its kind.

I imagined them walking quickly through the “Calli” (streets) of Venice, almost forgetting or not realizing that they are in a real open-air museum.

With these pictures I want to show an everyday Venice, made of walls, corners, places and sights that have been the same for hundreds years, and where people seem to walk fast without noticing its endless and priceless beauty.

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