For months, almost daily, I took pictures with my mobile phone of my commute to work. Some of them are published on my Instagram account. I wanted to have a recollection of the views, always the same but always changing.
The project started in July 2016 and finished in June 2017.
Around March I lost a few pictures, while January and February weren’t the most prolific months.
Focussing on one project for an entire year – and limiting it with the use of the phone camera only – has proven difficult to me. Could be a coincidence, but at some point I lost interest in it, and tried to bring back my photography enthusiasm by pointing my lens to the small details around me.
The main reason for me to switch from an entry level Canon DSLR to a mirrorless and much more expensive camera, was to carry less weight around. After reading the manual and, most of all, articles explaining the experiences and settings of other people, I realised that the little camera would make a deeper change in the way I take and process my pictures.
I am excited and honoured to announce that my photo The Day I Glimpsed Inside Your Soul will be part of the Shutter Hub Open Exhibition 2017, at the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival.
The photo tells the story of thousands of people who walked through the gate of Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, on the outskirts of Berlin.
Sadly, for too many of them it was a one way journey. Others were lucky enough to live through it. My husband’s grandfather was one of them.
He managed to escape from the camp, a few weeks before the Red Army stormed into Berlin. Without looking back, he started the long journey that eventually brought him back home in Italy, after five years of imprisonment.
The photo tells a personal story too, of a grandchild retracing his grandfather’s steps, from the train station through the gate, imagining the horror, the fear, the cold. The chill still painfully palpable.
Both men turned their back to the gate and never looked back, 71 years apart.
The exhibition runs from 1st – 30th of July 2017, in beautiful Edinburgh.
ABOUT Shutter Hub
The photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. http://shutterhub.org.uk
ABOUT REtina Scottish International photography festival