A photographic book by Marco Ciccolella, edited by Loredana De Pace.
What the PEOPLE&Places project aims at is connecting people and the places they love. Marco Ciccolella took photos of women and men in many different cities – those same cities where he also lived – and they chose the special place where they go to spend their free time, to rest, to recover or just to stroll.
Human beings build cities, but those very cities, in turn, shape people while they are living there. The synergy between people and the places where they live generates a never-ending exchange of energy and emotions.
Via a number of information platforms and his social media accounts, the author publishes notices inviting strangers to participate into his long-term project (which is still evolving), and asks them to choose the place they love, where their photos will be taken. First, a long conversation between the two of them is the essence.
Marco takes his photos only after having listened to them for a long time, or while they are still telling him why they chose that specific place, what they experienced there and the emotions they feel just by being there.
“That’s how I try and portray feelings and expressions showing on people’s faces and through their posture, at that very moment and in that specific place,” says Ciccolella. “As a rule, people like talking about what they love and you can see this on their faces and in their gestures.”
PEOPLE&places in theory is a never-ending project and aims at building an ideal ureal big city, consisting of the many different pieces stemming from the relation between places and the people he met. Everywhere, people want to be happy and stay close to their friends and families.
This means we all wish to feel we belong, and we all look for love and affection. Therefore, although each and everyone of us has different goals in life, humans are fundamentally similar to each other, irrespective of the country or city to which they belong. At the same time, we are also somewhat different from each other. These characteristics – those who make us similar and, at the same time, make us different – are what Marco Ciccolella examines in his portraits belonging to the PEOPLE&Places project.
Would you like to participate?
Please, e-mail Marco