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.
Naples. June 25, 2016. Novelist Teju Cole @_tejucole is an intellectual and brilliant writer, yet I had no idea of his athletic prowess. I love surprises. In a spontaneous 50 yard dash, with some young boys I was photographing playing soccer, he handily won the race. Teju is 41 and had no time to warm up. He simply went for it, impressing the young players, and me most of all. Teju and I are here in Napoli working on piece for the New York Times Magazine. Both Teju and I get totally absorbed with people and place. Follow us for the next 10 days on Snapchat if you have an interest in a behind the scenes view of how it all comes together ( we hope). Putting together a magazine story is not an exact science. We are here to learn and discover. We never know exactly how things will transpire. Serendipity is the key. Teju’s fast start is a good omen.