In 2014 I moved to Milan. To be frank, I didn’t know much about Northern Italy. Just some trips here and there, nothing more. I had always preferred other destinations.
But I was aware of the famous Po River, these 652 km of water that cuts Italy in two parts, geographically and culturally.
As a newcomer, I decided to start driving along the banks of the river, reaching the end of it, just when it hits the sea: the Delta of the river is quite huge. Once immerged in that land, I fell in love with that territory. It was not Italy for me, just reminded to all those American movies I had watched, all this music I had listened to and all these books I had read. I started going back again and again - when finally - I met a fisherman, who decided to be my guide, show me around and tell many stories about the place.
But the most important thing he said to me was: “living under the sea level gives you a different perspective. If one of the river bank breaks this land is going to disappear”.
In that moment, I decided that the work had to be about the idea of uncertainty, which is the leitmotiv of the whole book. Then you are aware – that once you start travelling through unknown places – you look for other signs, other symbols that might inspire you and make you know something more about the world. And this need of knowledge makes you keep going. Once, on a foggy day, I came across a very peculiar bar with a huge hedge just in front of it. Took a photograph and went on. I didn’t really know where I was and never saw that bar again in my future journeys.
In the very last trip, I made a promise to myself: I had to find that bar. During one of the last days I was on the road, I recognised the canal that led to that bar and finally found it and its name happened to be Blue Bar.
In the end, every journey is about searching for something.
Prints for this body of work are available in two formats:
29 x 36,5 cm, ed. 5 + 1AP
73 x 91 cm, ed. 3 + 1AP
(C-type print on Fuji Crystal Archive Glossy)