I’ve just arrived in Malta. In all my travels around the Mediterranean I’ve never been here before. It was never part of any plan I made. Yet after just a few hours I found myself shooting voraciously. Malta historically is a blend of all things Mediterranean and is yet now an independent country with its own language and its own airline and with only 6,000 citizens. Sure a lot of tourists but somehow managed way better than in many places .Pretty cool. I really do love surprises. #Malta
Cave studio bathroom. Sicily.
@magnumphotos photographer Alex Majoli shows my @burnmagazine team Daria Birang’s studio in a cave here in Scicli. Daria is Alex’ life partner and an artist/curator. Alex and Paolo Pellegrin and Diego Orlando and Adam Bloomberg have all set up shop in Scicli. I can see why. Super charming town here in Sicily. My Magnum brothers Majoli and Pellegrin are two of my all time favorite photographers. See their CONGO collaboration curated by Daria. Italy in general is the home of many artistic greats. After all the art history of Italy speaks for itself. #Sicily @magnumphotos @dariabirang
Scicli, Sicily. Lunchtime scene. Gennaro Renato, chef, at Baqqala restaurant and our assistant @leslis for NYTimes Magazine story in southern Italy. Both are from Naples where our story begins. Off to Malta tomorrow. I can’t show any of the work I’m actually shooting here. So my iPhone snaps will have to suffice for a bit. #Sicily
Red Vespa. Scicli, Sicily. I continue my journey through southern Italy collaborating with author @_tejucole and @kathyryan1 at the New York Times Magazine. I still am not at liberty to reveal the nature of our story. Yet stay tuned as I move soon to Malta. Yet I am pretty much taking the day off at the summer home of @diegorlando who is picture editor of BurnMagazine, dear friend for 12 years, and my primary producer on this photo essay. Collaboration with the right people is always key for creating anything. For this photoessay I’ve had the super bestest team. @fran.gennari @leslis
Pietro, 1, dreams on a Sicilian rooftop in the mid-day sun. A fresh sea breeze keeping him cool. Pietro is the son of Simone and Alessandra Bonadeo who run a bed and breakfast here in Siracusa, one of my favorite towns in Italy.
Even though I tend to travel, oddly I am very much a creature of habit. I don’t move much whenever I land. I’ll always find a favorite coffee shop, as here in Siracusa, and come back every day. Of course I make this decision based on a good photo location. This one is a virtual lightbox. By the way I promised Snapchat for this trip, yet as charming as Siracusa is, there’s no viable Internet for the data Snapchst needs. So those snaps are piling up until I get the net. Today is also a laundromat day. Not too exciting. It’s ok though because my story is mostly late afternoon and night. I can’t tell you my story assignment yet, nor post any photos related to the story. It’s a secret. Shhhh. One more caffe doppio and I’m off and shooting..In the laundromat :)
I’ve just arrived in glorious Sicily and stepped out on my patio to make this picture. This is Siracusa where I haven’t been for several years, yet always thought was magic. I havn’t changed my mind even though I haven’t even walked around yet. I’ve mentioned before I always shoot something right away simply to get in the mood. Illaria is an art photographer/illustrator and is helping me on my assignment for the New York Times Magazine. She’s from Napoli where I’ve been shooting the last few days. Ok the light is amazing now so I will wander a bit. Looking for pictures of course, yet also classic Sicilian cuisine. The pace is tranquillo here. After Milan, Rome and Naples, that works for me.