Eric’s Note: I am pleased to share the work of Luca Napoli, a street photographer based in Milan. In this post are some photographs from Luca’s projects: [Commuters], [Taranto Vecchia], [Living the Provinces], and [My Milan]. Keep reading to hear more about Luca’s projects, his history, and further insights!
Luca: I was born in Taranto, South Italy, on 1972. I got electronic engineering degrees in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where I currently work. I live in a small town close to Milan.
Self-taught, I was probably influenced by my father in 80s who always involved me during sessions of street photography in the old city of Taranto, my hometown.
In 2006 I bought my first digital SLR and from then on I never abandoned photography. My works are always linked to a project. The projects which gave me more awards are: [Commuters], [Taranto Vecchia] and [Il più bel giorno della mia vita]. The last one has been recently featured on witness Journal magazine (isse 48).
I’m fascinated by reportage photography. I always try to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless in my opinion, a pure aesthetic exercise.
I always shot with wide optics (24 or 35mm), to get closer and closer to the story I want to tell.
I cannot tell story far from my way of being and my everyday life.
I was born in Taranto and although I left my hometown 20 years ago, I felt the need to tell my roots.
I’m a commuter and I felt comfortable in telling commuters stories.
I see the everyday Milan into public transports, non-places, and I tried to tell Milan in this way.
For the same reason I’m leaving in the provinces and I’m try to tell about the small town close to the big city.
Vita di provincia
- Website: lucanapoli.altervista.org
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/napoli.luca
- Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luca_napoli/
Which of Luca’s projects really speak to you and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below!