<Get back, get back / Get back to where you once belonged…> sang The Beatles.
I never stopped taking pics during the pandemic but at one point I got bored of recording the silence of the city. A gloomy silence despite the sun overhead. A silence that I wanted to break by insinuating my camera in the folds of the shadows.
Perhaps there is a hint of optimism in the shots…
Maybe I immortalized Superman!!! Maybe we’ll go to Mars!!! Maybe someone wanted to be an astronaut and go beyond the asteroid belt!!!
I keep shooting… CLICK!
The restrictions on our freedoms that accompanied the pandemic felt like nails in the coffin of my ailing engagement with street photography. The images presented here can easily be read in relation to lockdowns but, they signal another more personal disconnect.
Good luck to every street photography struggling to reconnect with their pre-pandemic practice.
MATTEO CESCHI Milanese street photographer, essayist and freelance journalist, he writes and shoots for several magazines and has exhibited his shots in various locations. He collaborates with Swiss newspaper "La Regione". He is an author and radio host at RT Radio Terapia and collaborates with Radio Rock FM. His latest book, "Note per salvare il Pianeta", was published in 2020 by VoloLibero Edizioni. He is a member of f50/The International Photography Collective. His latest projects were in collaboration with f/50 fellows John Meehan, Steve Coleman and Keith Goldstein and with the Italian fashion brand Lucio Costa. He received an honorable mention at the 2015 International Photography Awards. In 2016 he realized with colleague Jim Marshall "KO.existence", a photographic project exhibited in Sarajevo and in 2017 in Milan (with high-patronage of the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2017 he was curator of an exhibition of historic photos entitled "Unseen Sixties" at ExpoWall gallery in Milan. In Spring 2017 he launched with creative designer Federico Ramponi remoteclicking, a new shooting language that exploits mobile technology. He was the author of the "making of" of artist and director Federico Garibaldi's short film, "Un filo tra cielo, terra e acqua", winner of the Silver Dolphin prize at the 2018 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. In September 2019 he presented with colleague Jim Marshall "Rise and Fall", a multimedia exhibition produced by the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and EU Info Centre in BiH at the History Museum of Bosnia Herzegovina, Sarajevo. At the end of 2019 he started a collaboration with Paula Nora Seegy’s Artespressione Gallery in Milan. From February 2020 to early May 2020 he realized his "Winter Midsummer Project" (curated by Matteo Pacini), a completely subjective photographic narrative project rich in details captured during the few occasions one was allowed to go outside during the pandemic. In September 2020, he presented "Out of the Night", an exhibition (curated by Matteo Pacini) dedicated to the contemporary Swiss jazz music scene curated by Matteo Pacini. In late September 2021 "Out of the Night" opened at the Galleria la Loggia in Carona, Switzerland.
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