Life over 80...
A self driven project of a series of portraits that focuses on the elderly people over 80. Where I live in Italy, a small town up in the mountains called Montese, there are a lot of elderly people that go about their day to day lives in the most peaceful way.My focus and concept was simple, to photograph the simpleness of who we are. I really wanted to get into there souls, to communicate the life that they have lived and feel their presence. So one morning I went through to the local bar and organised with all the local people that whoever would like to have their portrait taken, I would be very happy to do so. The experience was moving, fun and at the time an honor. From talking in dialect to sharing a coffee and grappa. The next month I had an exhibition in the very same bar that we photographed, everybody came to see… The Extraordinary.
“ The emotion captured pulls life into the furthest corners from where we sit and play. Young minds never to cease... wrinkles bear witness and testify to the finity of life! ”
- John Rostance
“ The Extraordinary, celebrates the faces and identities of those over the age of 80. With many of these people relegated to the fringes of consciousness, its too easy to dismiss or forget about our elders. These photographs render the subjects in remarkable clarity, giving them a certain individuality that is truly remarkable.”