“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours”. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
The first time I set foot in Brazil I felt lost. I moved there to follow my daughter and wife; I was overwhelmed by a sense of wonder, an immediate desire to understand if the most populous city of South America could in fact become my home.
Driven by a call of solitude, my instinct led me to explore the fractures and contrasts within the city. I followed the emerging cultural scene, its ever-changing vibrating everyday life had an unexpected and soul-searching effect on the way I photographed. In this puzzle of different, and often contradictory, experiences and images I understood that I was representing and investigating myself, my reaction to Brazil and my life here.
This ongoing body of work represents is a personal visual journey through the city and my day-to-day investigation of life. Scenes of street violence and juxtapose to those of crews shooting music videos, extracts from the fashion week with housing evictions and chronicles of life in the favelas. It is the unfinished result of my personal relationship with São Paulo, its complex identity and my research, by incessantly walking around in its streets longingly looking for a sense of familiarity, I place I could curl up and feel was “home”.