Hello there. Your name?
How old are you?
Where are your from?
I’m from Modena, Italy, although my family isn’t originally from there and we don’t live there anymore. I have lived in Turin, Italy where I graduated, and then Copenhagen where I started working as a photographer. Five years later I moved to London, and for the past 4 years I’ve lived in Los Angeles.
What is photography?
I like to compare photography to poetry, a short and intense poem that gets you dreaming. Sometimes pictures allow me to take deeply emotional journeys – I get feelings so strong that they give me the goosebumps.
Often, I get up in the morning, get in the car and just drive off into the blue all day. For long distances I don’t even have music to listen to. There is nothing I need but to take and look at photographs. Photography has become a daily habit for many years now, and sometimes it can take me to an incredible state of mind or bring me all the way down in no time, which I guess is the power of arts, after all.
What is Cowboys about?
The Cowboys project is the third in a series of works that embodies my 4-year private affair with the US, and my attempt at reconciling my romantic ideas of America as an outsider with my quotidian life in California. With this project, I set out to create a series of photographs about one of the most quintessentially American cultural icons: the cowboy. Generally associated with a spirit of individualism, rugged masculinity, and free will, yet morally ambivalent, the cowboy is a representation of the American psyche.