Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

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Eric’s Note: I am pleased to share the work of Paolo Rabuffi, a street photographer based in Rome. Working in both color and black and white, he loves to capture the “strangeness” of Rome – while being more present in the everyday moment. Check out some of his thoughts and images below!

Paolo: I’m half Roman and half Etruscan and after several years of relocations I am based in Rome. I’m a 32 year old full-time-precarious who sometimes uses to walk with a camera in his hands.

Why photography? I dunno, it was something that grew inside of me slowly about 2-3 years ago. I can’t stop it. Someone call it “obsession”, and may be right.

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I feel like the photographic process drives you through those human moods that means you’re still alive: absorption, adrenaline, compulsion, satisfaction, blues. What else do you need? In some ways photography forces you to face yourself, to put your limits on probation, know more about who you are, what attracts you and why.

Even with ethics: I often feel like people talking about ethics want to put a bar around you. They talk about what is “legit” and “illegitimate”, basing this on their personal thoughts.

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I feel this is unfair and hypocritical. Photography is, basically, visual evidence, that the photographer is a human who constantly battles with his/her conscious whether to take a photograph or not. I feel through this constant struggle a photographer begins to learn more about him/herself.

Why street photography? Good point. I could say the obvious answers but I will try to steer away from what has been repeated many times.

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For me, street photography was a natural destination. One of the biggest reasons is that I have always been attracted by strange characters, crooked details, weird faces and so on. I find the so-called “normality” to be boring.

Before I started to become serious with my street photography, I walked the streets absent-minded. When I took the bus, met someone, or went to places- I never really took a hard look at them.

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Street photography has allowed me to go back to my childhood, when I would pay attention to everything. I love the feeling of being present in the everyday world, and I can owe this all to photography.

Also through my journey in photography, I have learned a lot from my friends and colleagues. I would particularly like to thank all the FdS crew (in particular Laura Rodari, who is an extraordinarily talented photographer), the always willing, enthusiatic and outstanding Charlie Kirk, for his helpful and priceless advice, and the members of the Hardcore Street Photography Group on Flickr.

Color Street Photography by Paolo

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1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

B&W Street Photography by Paolo

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

1x1.trans Capturing the Strange Characters of Rome: Street Photography by Paolo Rabuffi

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  • briscophoto

    Wow, good work here. I wanted to leave a note about which photo I liked best but then I liked another and another. Lots of great shots. Enjoyed them all but liked the colour ones best.

  • pHzero

    :)

  • Kenneth
  • Felipe

    Nothing special….

    • Steven

      The same can be said about your work if you had the balls to post it.

      • me

        Wow, angry are we.?
        Felipe was just sharing his opinion, which I sort of agree with..

        But, I guess I dont have the balls to post my crappy work either..

        • Steven

          not angry. the point is that i don’t think it’s fair to criticize anyone anonymously when you’re sitting behind a monitor. it’s fine if he doesn’t like Paolo’s work.. there are some shots I don’t care for either, but there’s a difference between being rude and sharing an opinion.

          • me

            Yeah!!! you cant criticize anonymously, how dare you be rude!!!!!
            but I can call you an idiot without balls anonymously…

          • Steven

            haha see you couldn’t come up with anything reasonable to say so you resort to being sarcastic. and if you think i’m being an idiot for thinking it’s unfair to criticize someone anonymously then thats your problem. i always tried to follow the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” saying but i guess that doesn’t apply anymore.

          • me

            i always tried to follow the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”

            Exactly.. works both ways

      • Felipe

        Well Steven, you didn`t write your entire name either. Did you? And come on, i wasn`t rude at all. I just said i think there is nothing special on those pictures. You are taking this to seriously. Get some sex.

        • Steven

          how is calling someone’s work online “nothing special” not rude? this isn’t a critique thread last time i checked. what was the point of your post other than to bring someone down? i dont think you’ve heard, but the internet is serious bidness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1255625091 Christos Kapatos

    great work by Paolo! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabrizio.quagliuso Fabrizio Quagliuso

    Great feature Eric: Paolo is so talented! Great selection of his work and I liked the part about ethics and how people talking about them want to put a bar around us.

  • Colin Corneau

    I’m not sure how Paolo feels but the B&W’s were clearly better, on the first glance. Not just better but different, somehow – I preferred the subjects and composition.
    I wonder if he notices this also or if he consciously works differently between the two options.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.kirk Charlie Kirk

    nice one guys. keep up the good work paolo.

  • iltubo

    Grande Spingi!
    Io avrei proposto anche quel fantastico groppone sudato e unto preso in quella spiaggia.