travelingportrait.ch could be a way of life for me.
Photographing people and seeing them leave with their printed portrait under their arm are emotions. It is an encounter between photographer and subject. One of my photography mentors Toni Thorimbert says that a portrait is a curve that starts at the bottom, goes up and then comes down again. You as the photographer have to be there to capture the highest peak.
In December 2020 I didn’t want to do this portrait event, but I was ready, I had bought a pigment printer, envelopes, paper, found the space downtown and with Luca we had also prepared the website.
Covid had dissuaded me, mentally I had let it go.
On December 8 I meet my friend Diego, co-owner of eventopolis.ch and we decide to go for a coffee. I tell him that reluctantly I would not have done the portraits event because no one would have come. The covid has also polluted us mentally. Diego, oooooh Diego, always positive, always upbeat, always with new ideas, I don’t remember what kind of brainwashing he did to me, but I left the café, I arrived at the studio and I told Luca, my collaborator: – Luca, pack the bags, we’re moving the studio to Via della Posta today, tomorrow Traveling Portrait starts! –
It was a quick day we cleared out my parents’ carpet store, set up our photo shoot. Michele Gaggini graciously printed my window, we hung lettering and photos with punk-style scotch tape, and set off posting photos on social inviting dogs and owners to be photographed.
In the end it was great, old friends I hadn’t seen in ten years came along, new knowledge was established, we were all happy and I still thank Diego to this day.
It was the first travelingportrait, on February 13 and 14 we did a second one in the studio. Soon the third one will arrive.
We are preparing it and it will be a surprise for you and for us.
For now, enjoy these portraits.