“Taliami e te fazzu petra” literally look at me and you become stone is a project by Salvatore Di Gregorio, photographer of Sicilian origin as you can guess from the title.
The reportage is set in San Berillo, a historic area in the historic center of Catania, one of the first red-light districts in Europe.
With this project he doesn’t want to tell the lively nightlife, but to put the area, always forgotten by everyone, under a new light.
A degraded neighborhood, a redevelopment was designed many years ago, but then never completely happened.
The first camera he bought when he was 30 years old.
He previously worked in Rome in a recording studio with musicians of the caliber of Ennio Morricone and Danger Mouse. Later he moved to London, where he frequented a Master in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts.
But only after being in South-East Asia, precisely between Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, did he understand that he wanted to shoot and visually document the contemporary world and its surroundings.
The title of the project is emblematic, as it was initially intended to be named after the myth of the Medusa inspired by the traditional symbol of the Trinacria.
The intensity of the prostitutes’ gaze reminded it of the Goddess, who turned anyone who looked at her into stone.
An area that is a perfect example of integration, where people of all nationalities live.
Salvatore Di Gregorio has been there to capture the virtues and defects, contradiction and desire for rebirth of the neighborhood.