“Leggerezza”, or the lightness of being is one of my favourite pictures. It was taken in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milano in a sunny and warm summer afternoon. A physical and spiritual lightness.
Solitude is a recurring subject in street pictures. People wandering within the city or sitting on a bench or in remote corners, people who apparently live in the emptiness having no emotion or purpose. People resting, or laughing, or eating, or playing.
Milano is a crowded, polyglot, grossly unequal city. Many foreign immigrants and italian people live under the poverty line. Refugees and illegal immigrants croud the train stations or the streets of the luxury and fashion districts begging for money or selling counterfeit merchandise. The city is not adapting to new waves of immigrants and people tend to defend against them.
The images catching our attention and transmitting the commercial message interact with urban architecture, buildings, roads, the monuments of our past, creating new landscapes and setting up the theatre stages of our own life which last the time of an advertising campaign.
The lyrics of an old song say: “If you only knew how strange it is to fall in love in Milano, without flowers or green, without the sky , with nothing around. If you only knew how strange it is to date in Milano, in a shopping mall, in a public square or in the Galleria, what a madness!, what a madness!”