Shooting a book from scratch of a city you love is a wonderful project especially when it is as rich photographically as Naples.
Naples is Italy on steriods, everything is on surround sound, emotions are strong as is the driving! Life is rich, markets overflow on the streets and the Neapolitans inhabit their emotions (all of them) like a comfortable shirt.
I wanted Naples A Way Of Love to reflect this richness of emotions.
Fab author Lisa Clifford and I discussed and researched Naples for months before shooting.
Lisa the true pro that she is got on the batphone straight to the Italian Cultural Association who gave us access to photograph so many special places out of hours and normally out of bounds.
But for me what I really wanted to capture was the heart and soul of this great town and it’s people.
On previous trips to Naples during a 12 year period I was astounded by the passion and verve with which the Neapolitans live life.
They literally throw their bodies into a discussion on the simplest subject, live their lives on the streets for all to see, worry just about enjoying today as tomorrow is another day and revel in spontaneity.
I adored the body language of this guy!
To capture this as a photographer you need to be part of life. Lisa and I walked the streets of Naples most days from daylight to dusk talking with the locals, drinking coffee with them, entering kitchens and pizzeria’s and watching life unfurl before our eyes.
I am always looking at body language, trying to capture movement, being as discreet as possible in some moments and let life play out as naturally as possible in others and then provocative when I need to be so the image is full of life.
I am always looking at life like choreographed music and what it is saying to me? A linked arm, a tender moment, fun, body language and when the moment it is right and all the legs and planets have aligned I snap!
This was the first time I have shot Italy since Italian Joy with total freedom and no agenda. Naples A Way Of Love and it’s photos were taken from the heart, in awe and wonder of this great town and for the pure joy of taking great photos.
Where can you get it?
All good books stores in Australia and New Zealand and if you can’t make it into one you can order it online here
“The crisis is not financial: the crisis is in people’s hearts. We need more love and happiness not money.” Anna Matuozzo from Naples A Way Of Love