I've been going to Glastonbury for years and years, religiously every time the festival is on. It's the one place on earth I feel the most at home. But I always had a hard time explaining to people what it's all about. This time I managed to get Vanity Fair on board, and luckily they weren't so interested in the music as much as what makes the festival different to all the others and who goes to it. Maybe this time I got a little closer at describing the true nature of this amazing festival.
Stuck in Japan for longer than what we planned thanx to the Icelandic vulcano that grounded planes around the world for days. We decided to have a snoop around, jumped on a car and started driving up and down the country. Staying at Koyosan and taking those night shots was the hi light of that trip to me.
2007 a few months earlier I went to San Francisco were Negramaro were recording "La finestra". Same year in the fall the band were about to start their theatre tour and wanted me to shoot the Tour book. The shots are a mix of the live gigs and the soundchecks. I loved the lighting of that tour, it really helped me a great deal.
180.000 people for a single artist it's a European record. Add 4 different stages and you can start to imagine what a nightmare it was for me to run from one stage to another following Ligabue, to document the event for a book. It was just massive. I went there a few days earlier to photograph the building up to the event. Two of the best moments where standing on the tower with a thunderstorm approaching (which did freak security out .. just a touch) and pointing my camera to the sea of people and them reacting to it, chills up the spine moment.
A very unusual job. Fiat/Yamaha wanted a different eye, someone who didn't come from the Moto GP world to cover the Jerez de la Frontera race. It was my first time at a moto gp and it just blew me away. From up close it's an experience, and to be allowed into Valentino Rossi's garage it's a unique priviledge. Whenever I get the chance to watch a human being at his best and at his limits, I really feel inspired. The second part o f the job was more up my alley, we drove from LA to Monterey for the californian GP. Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil was kind of a testimonial for this trip. It was a blast ! we acted it up a little to make it a bit more fun too.
Vanity Fair asked me to cover Negrita during their 2010 US Tour. I was already in LA with the band to shoot their press7artwork shots for their latest album. From LA we went to Seattle, New York, Nashville and Memphis. Basically most of the music capitals in the US. Some of which I never visited before. In Memphis we went to the Sun Studio where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison Jerry Lee Lewis recorded all their classics. For many the birth place of rock & roll. It was great trip and it felt very seventies, my approach photogrphy wise was very seventies too.
Commissioned by Sport Week magazine. We asked all the artists to chose their favourite sport and then photographed them while acting it. Setting up prooved to be quite a task, as we had to use one of the underground gallery of the old roman theather, not necessarly designed for a set ! It took us a whole night to saw the backdrop and fit all those lights in such a small, curved, down hill, dump roman studio.
Shooting Negrita is basically second nature for me. Since 2003 I've been constantly taking photos and filming them. We travelled all over the place in order to do it too. Like a band of brothers. In the Special Project section you'll find a few more galleries of the band.
Ok how often do you get to see and photograph a Pink Floyd Reunion, The Who, U2 jamming with Paul MacCartney, Elton John, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Sting, Coldplay, etc ?!? and if you turned your head, behind you a crowd of 200.000 people ! Definitely a day to remember !
I have been working with Luciano Ligabue on several projects since 2005 for the "Nome & Cognome" Album. On that same year I photographed Campo Volo (you can see/read more of that event in Special Project section), and in the last few years we worked together again for the following album "Arrivederci Mostro" and on a few magazine shoots. One of the photographs we had done in 2005 was also used as a cover for the double best of albums "Primo Tempo" & "Secondo Tempo".
A once in a life time experience, in 2004 I went on to South america with Negrita for a bunch of dates but mainly for the recording of the "L'uomo sogna di volare" album.We spent a month between Chile,Argentina,Uruguay and Brasil. Then after a few months back at HQ in Tuscany Italy, we went for a month in Spain and France to continue recording. It was a great chance to witness and document the making of the album, the tour, the on the road experiences and to discover together with the band a bunch of places none us aver visited before. A book, a dvd and and a few videos were made on the process.
My first assignment with Francesco dates back to 2007, and it was for the album "Ferro & Cartone". On that occasion I suggested to go to Iceland. It worked out so good that a month later we were back there to shoot the video. Since then I took care of all his album covers and press shots,tours etc.. up to this date. My favourite shoot though we did it for a magazine work (Gioia), we went to London for just over a day, and while pub crawling we took a bunch of shots. There was a weird atmosphere that day, but it made for some great shots.