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Ottavio Marino


Love letters to the future

There are many inconveniences and problems that the pandemic has brought about and there are many people who have faced two difficult years from many points of view. Among the people who have suffered the most of the problems related to the pandemic were students who have seen their lives and their habits and social interactions change. School is above all interactions and comparisons, something that has been lacking in the pandemic years. My project called “Love letters to the future” tell the story of some students, more precisely the students of the ” I. C. Lanza Milani”, a middle school in Cassano Ionio, a small town in southern Italy. It is a story of resilience and courage and determination of the boys and girls of the Orchestra of this school who, after several years of success everywhere in Italy, were forced to interrupt their path for obvious health reasons. Between distance learning and other inconveniences, the orchestra had to stop and face many difficulties. Little by little the young students started playing together again, keeping this beautiful reality alive and active. These photos tell through a series of portraits made of some of them their first public concert after the pandemic held at the end of this school year. It is a story of little heroes and a declaration of love to music and to these young students, to their tenacious teachers who believed in this project and who through music gave a strong signal of hope, a strong sense of belonging to the entire community. A promise for a better future. It is the story of many little heroes and their masters.

With the masters: Carla Rubini, Rossella Russo, Daniel Cirigliano, Fabiano Panza, Carmela Polizzo, Antonio Di Vasto, Monica Scarano, Matteo Barletta and  the amazing students of “I.C. Lanza Milani”/ Middle School of Cassano Ionio (CS), Italy.

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