It takes a good dose of empathy and mimesis with the human figures that surround us to feel the urge to experiment with photojournalism. This need is what drove Giuseppe Scianna in his first photographic projects, before embarking on a journey far and wide, starting from Sicily, the region where he was born.
From Partinico (PA) to Catania, since the age of fourteen years he began to attend photography circles, creating medium to long term projects that prolong that almost childish desire to want to tell and hear told the stories of people and places that are no longer there.
“I’m a nomad,” says the photographer as he recounts his project and explains the urgency of not planting roots. To get to know the stories of these worlds, Giuseppe Scianna has traveled and the subjects he portrays seem to alternate the idea of immobility, of a dilated time, with the lightness of a quick and unrepeatable moment, like a dive from a cliff to the Mediterranean Sea.
Scianna’s entire production aims to give a page of his own personal history to the places he visits. The line of the sea is a recurring horizon, as if to signal the idea that there is no real boundary of time, that there is not even a real geographical boundary. If you live on an island, perhaps, this awareness can make all the difference in the world.