Times, Faces, and Ways of Sicily
Times, Faces, and Ways of Sicily is a collection of photographs project that I created in Palermo and Castelbuono.
As always, my projects never stem from an initial idea, but they take shape as a cumulative synthesis of images divided into thematic areas, always responding to my personal way of observing.
I have always been attracted by the way of living time, typical of all Mediterranean peoples. Perhaps because of the high temperatures reached in the summer months, Mediterranean peoples lead a life with very slow rhythms, allowing them to savor life and to reflect on facts, emotions, events in nature, and any other occurrence. For this reason, it is easy to find signs of this lifestyle in the faces and ways of the Sicilians. Joy, irony, but also melancholy and pain, naturally emerge from the gaze of a Sicilian and pervade everything that surrounds him. The sense of time and that of life, for him, are intimately related. The slow rhythm he imprints on his existence is the way he exorcises suffering and death, making fun of them.
This series of photos is the result of my photographic walks, discovering the Sicilian humanity that surrounds me in everyday life, in which I always look for a tangible sign, sometimes sharp and piercing, crystallized in a look, a gesture, or a customary, apparently insignificant way. Certainly elusive and ephemeral.