On his way to join a friend in Sorrento, Brett Lloyd misses his last connection to the Amalfi Coast and finds himself alone in Naples at night. The English photographer left his ID in Rome, and without the possibility of finding a hotel for the night, he starts wandering the city’s alleys until dawn, falling in love with what will become his home, both physical and artistic, for the next 12 years.
Brett Lloyd’s bond with Naples is intense and emotional; the people and the classicism of the landscapes have inspired the photographer’s work for more than a decade, now collected in a new book published by Mörel Books and entitled “Napoli Napoli Napoli”, presented in Paris on 10 November and now the focus of an exhibition in Milan on the 16th at Spazio Maiocchi.
The 135 shots contained within the book recount a day in Naples, from dawn to dusk, staging the popular theatre that is the city at the foot of Vesuvius. Lloyd reflects on classicism and the power of the sea, an element at the centre of many shots and the lives of the often very young people portrayed by the artist.
The story of ‘Napoli Napoli’ is a patient work, running through four summers, the unit of measurement for defining the passing of time when one is young and carefree. it is precisely with these people that Brett has woven relationships over the years through shared glances and emotions, overcoming an initial language barrier that never seems to emerge in the photos. the harmony between the photographic lens and the subjects is total, the eyes and rosaries point straight at the lens, while the sea continues its perpetual motion.