“I was wandering solitarily through the sunny streets of Rome, breathing the spring air. I was in search of the perfect light to continue a black and white photographic project I was working on. The light of Rome in March is incredible: clean and clear, it illuminates portions of buildings creating theatrical scenarios.
Near the Portico d’Ottavia, in the heart of the Roman Ghetto, I took a little road that climbed the hill. As soon as I turned the first corner I was struck by the intensity of the yellow tones of these Roman buildings, which, with the blades of light and the strong shadows of the afternoon, created geometric joints of black and color. I quickly changed the camera settings, and waited for someone to arrive, a character entering into the scene, whose silhouette would be perfectly designed in my defined space. I am truly fascinated by the awareness that, sooner or later, my character will arrive, as if he, or she, is called to enter for an instant in the scene of these surreal worlds frozen forever”. (Simona Bonanno, about "The Roman Ghetto")
— Simona’s is perhaps the most ‘typical street photography’ style image of the selection, channelling the vibrant colours and silhouetted figures recognisable in the work of other artists. Nonetheless she creates a beautiful scene; the slivers of light drawing the eye down to this lone figure, and the limited colour palette resulting in a strong and effervescent aesthetic. It’s a study in light and dark, and positive and negative space – a compositional masterclass – and I think it works brilliantly." David Alan Harvey (Life Framer judge, Street Photography Competition 2017)
Messina, Sicily, July 10, 2017. Horse in a soccer field after being evacuated due to a huge fire. Finally the canadair turns off nearby flames.
“To me photography reaches its highest level when the camera impress those epiphanies that bring truth into a new, magical dimension. Very short instants, so difficult to immortalise, when material elements of this world act together in such a way to create something that exceed the boundaries of rational thinking. The result is an image that puts the audience in awe and to me, at a time where people seem anaesthetised, it is something really powerful and precious that highlights the need for photography now more than ever.” Francesco Merlini (The Independent Photographer judge, Black&White competition 2017/18)