“I started exploring it trying to look at familiar places with new eyes, like a “tourist” who gazes at an unknown place and discovers interesting aspects which, on the contrary, escape the superficial eye of the hurried city dweller for whom those aspects and places have become stereotypes.

In the beginning, I felt frustrated because my photographs seemed to me very ordinary and commonplace. I concentrated on the suburbs of Bari, which appeared to be quite neglected and sloppy. Also, I found it was fatiguing going around with a heavy tripod, in any weather (I started in February when it was very cold) for hours. I understood what my mentor, a local professional photographer, meant when he said to me: ‘Photography is hard work’.”

ALMOST BARI by Mara Dani (2/6)

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