Quartiere Adriano

Photography

DATE

2017

COMMISSION

Personal

LOCATION

Milan, Italy
It is located between Viale Monza and Via Padova, the Naviglio Martesana flows nearby while further north there is the Lambro river. I reached Crescenzago by subway and on foot I walked to the beginning of Via Adriano; there I photographed a lantern that illuminates a votive shrine dedicated to the Madonna, a vendor and a little further on a young girl who was collecting the clothes hanging on a balcony of a building; she had noticed me, I framed her but she hid her face behind a short blanket that she held in both hands, I took my eye from the viewfinder while she continued to peep out to scrutinize me.

I could only see her eyes, I tried again to frame her, but she was totally eclipsed. We repeated this hide-and-seek, and finally I took the picture trying to catch her in counter-movement. I had taken this photograph more for fun, so I attracted the curiosity of a local inhabitant, a giant Arab man, who asked politely but firmly why I was taking the picture. I asked him why he wanted to know, in fact, at that moment, I didn't know myself. We exchanged a few words and I continued my work, entering the neighborhood.